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The known range of this species is very small, and ongoing threats to remaining habitat suggest that there is a continuing decline in range and numbers. It therefore qualifies as Endangered.
SACC. 2006. A classification of the bird species of South America. Available at: http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCBaseline.html.
Described as new to science as Atlapetes melanops by Valqui and Fjeldså -1999; Valqui and Fjeldså (2002) renamed this form A. melanopsis as the name A. melanops was preoccupied by Buarremon melanops (Sclater and Salvin 1876).
Atlapetes melanops Valqui and Fjeldsa (1999), Atlapetes melanops
17.5 cm. Dull greenish-grey finch. Pale ochraceous-tawny cap. Black forehead. Whitish supraloral "horns". Short, indistinct malar stripe and large, black area around eyes. Dull greenish-grey upperparts, with darker wings and tail. Dusky underparts with some olivaceous tinge and faint yellowish flammulations. Black bill. Dark brownish-red iris. Grey feet. Similar spp. Allopatric Apurímac Brush-finch A. forbesi is pure grey, has ruddier head and reduced black around eyes. Voice Chattering chups and high pitch hoarse squeaky calls
García-Moreno, J.; Fjeldså, J. 1999. Re-evaluation of species limits in the genus Atlapetes based on mtDNA sequence data. Ibis 141: 199-207.
Valqui, T.; Fjeldså, J. 1999. New brush-finch Altapetes from Peru. Ibis 141: 194-198.
Text account compilers
Pople, R., Sharpe, C J, Symes, A.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2013) Species factsheet: Atlapetes melanopsis. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2013. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2013) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/12/2013.
This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Endangered|
|Family||Emberizidae (Buntings, American sparrows and allies)|
|Species name author||Valqui & Fjelds|
|Population size||1500-7000 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||1,000 km2|
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