Black-faced Brush-finch (Atlapetes melanolaemus) - HBW 16, p. 592
French: Tohi mélanien
Spanish: Atlapetes Carinegro
Other common names: Dark-faced Brush-finch
Taxonomy: Buarremon melanolaemus P. L. Sclater and Salvin, 1879, Cchachupata, Cuzco, Peru.
Often considered a race of A. latinuchus, and both were originally considered part of a wider complex that included also A. terborghi and A. rufinucha, although recent studies suggest that various components of this group may not be each other’s closest relatives. Present species likely closest to A. terborghi. One specimen of nominate race of A. rufinucha from La Paz (Bolivia) exhibits dark scalloping on breast, approaching present species; unclear if this is a variation in former species or due to gene flow between the two. Monotypic.
Distribution: SE Peru (E Cuzco and adjacent Puno) and adjacent W Bolivia (extreme N La Paz).
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short cut of a bird in the bush, repeated in slow motion Locality Manu Biosphere Reserve, Madre de Dios Department, Peru
Wim ten Have 1 August 2003 8 weeks ago 18 sec 3.4
A bird on the ground Locality Pillahuata, Kosñipata Valley, Manu Biosphere Reserve, Madre de Dios Department, Peru (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 31 July 2005 7 years ago 17 sec 2.3