Grey-eared brushfinch

The grey-eared brushfinch or black-faced brushfinch (Atlapetes melanolaemus) is a species of bird in the family Passerellidae.

Grey-eared brushfinch
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Passerellidae
Genus: Atlapetes
A. melanolaemus
Binomial name
Atlapetes melanolaemus
(Sclater & Salvin, 1879)

It is endemic to humid Andean forest from Cusco in Peru to La Paz in Bolivia.

It is sometimes considered a subspecies of the rufous-naped brushfinch. Despite the common names, its face is not blacker than in many of its relatives and the gray "ear" is often not easily visible. Overall it resembles the rufous-naped brushfinch, but with darker, more olive underparts and a black throat.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Atlapetes melanolaemus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)