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Dorsal View
Photo by Stanley Jones
Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve, Ecuador
Atlapetes leucopterus

Includes Paynter's Brushfinch


A mid-sized finch with a black mask, dark olive back, and gold crest. Uniform white underparts. Small white spots above bill and on leading edge of wings.
Sexes alike.


South America: found in Ecuador and Peru.

Ventral View
Photo by Stanley Jones
Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve, Ecuador, December, 2007



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • A. l. leucopterus:
  • Andes of western Ecuador (south to Chimbo Valley)
  • A. l. dresseri:
  • Andes of south-western Ecuador (El Oro and Loja)
  • A. l. paynteri: Paynter's Brush Finch
  • Northern Peru (northern Piura to Cajamarca border)


Lower growth of montane forest and borders between 1000 and 2600m on west slope of Andes.



Energetic foragers for berries and seeds, often with mixed flocks.


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view

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