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Tandayapa Valley, Ecuador

Alternative name: Finch-like Tanager

Oreothraupis arremonops


Length 20.5cm (8"). A big, bulky finch.

  • Mostly rufous upper body
  • Gray belly
  • Black head with large whitish supercilliary and crown stripe
  • Dark tail and outer primaries

Sexes alike, juveniles are duller and browner than adults.


Patchily distributed on the west slope of Andes in Ecuador and Colombia2.
A rare and very local restricted-range species, classified as vulnerable.


This is a monotypic species1. Some authorities such as Clements1 treat this as a Tanager, others such as Restall2 treat is as a close relative to Brush-Finches of genus Atlapetes.


Undergrowth and borders of subtropical forest.
Occurs at 1200m to 2700m.


Similar to brush-finches; forages in small groups in thick forest margins.
No information on diet. Forages on and near the ground.
One nest was found in November. The nest was cup-shaped, made mostly of moss and placed ca. 1m above the ground on a near-vertical bank. It contained one egg.
A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2011. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 16: Tanagers to New World Blackbirds. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553781
  3. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156

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