The chestnut-capped brush finch (Arremon brunneinucha), is a passerine bird which breeds in highlands from central Mexico to south-eastern Peru. Despite its name, it is not a true finch, but rather a member of the large Emberizidae family, which also includes buntings, American sparrows, juncos and towhees. Until recently, it was generally placed in the genus Buarremon, while it occasionally has been placed in Atlapetes.

This is a common bird in the undergrowth of wet mountain forests, second growth, and ravines at from 900 m to 250 m altitude.

The nest, built by the female, is a large cup of plant material placed less than 2.5 m up in a shrub or small tree in dense scrub or a ravine. The typical clutch is two glossy, unmarked white or pale blue eggs, which are incubated by the female alone for 12–14 days before hatching.

The chestnut-capped brush finch is a large, robust, mainly terrestrial species, 19 cm long and weighing 45 g. It has a long slender bill and large feet and legs. The adult has a distinctive head pattern, with a yellow-edged chestnut crown and nape, black forehead and head sides, white spots in the centre and each side of the forehead, and a white throat which is often puffed up when the bird is excited. The upperparts are dark olive, with darker wings. The white central breast is separated from the white throat by a black band. The breast sides are grey, and the flanks and lower belly are olive-green. Young birds have a sooty-brown cap, sooty face and olive-brown upperparts, throat and breast.

The chestnut-capped brush finch has a thin pink call and a very high-pitched psssst. The male’s song consists of a mixture of whistles and sharper notes.

The chestnut-capped brush finch feeds on insects and spiders extracted from the leaf litter with its bill, and will also pick berries and invertebrate prey from low bushes. It is seen in pairs, family parties, or with warblers and other Emberizids as part of a mixed-species feeding flock.
Chestnut-capped Brushfinch
Date Location Count
2020-10-24 08:05Reserva Merendón--Comunidad El Gallito (Las Antenas)2
2020-10-01 08:00Finca La Colochera (Acceso Restringido)2
2020-10-03 08:08PN Montaña de Santa Bárbara--Zona Amortiguamiento Sector El Cedral6
2020-10-16 06:11PN La Tigra--Sendero Reales Minas2
2020-10-04 06:54PN Montaña de Celaque--Arriba del Centro Visitante (1400-1800 m)1
2020-10-02 17:35SFF Setonq--Los Vencejos (acceso restringido)1
2020-10-05 06:07Aldea Satex Uno2
2020-09-27 11:20Reserva Natural Privada El Consejero.1
2020-10-17 06:39Parque Ecoturístico Montetik--Camino a Corralito (acceso restringido)1
2020-10-11 07:18Reserva de Biósfera Sierra de las Minas--Los Albores (sendero Pinalón)2
2020-10-11 10:23Reserva de Biósfera Sierra de las Minas--Los Albores (cabañas)1
2020-10-10 10:16Reserva de Biósfera Sierra de las Minas--Los Albores (camino a Peña del Angel)1
2020-10-23 12:29Reserva El Jaguar 3
2020-10-06 06:00Reserva Natural Miraflor2
2020-10-02 14:01Finca Lindos Ojos2
2020-10-17 07:39Camino a Ejido Armando Zebadua3
2020-10-22 08:30Reserva Privada "La Burbuja" en Miramundo1
2020-10-17 06:00selva negra3
2020-10-17 09:44PN Montecristo2
2020-10-14 12:08Parque Ecológico Cerro de Macuiltépetl1
2020-10-17 07:49Xesampual2
2020-09-27 06:22Chikua--campo de semillero2
2020-10-10 11:36Parque Regional Municipal Zunil--Fuentes Georginas2
2020-10-17 06:01RNP Los Tarrales--Horned Guan Trail2
2020-10-17 06:30Mirador Rey Tepepul1
2020-10-25 05:59Volcán Chicabal--Laguna Chicabal2
2020-10-17 17:30Chamicero del Perijá Proaves Reserve2
2020-10-08 05:44Virgen del Socorro (general)1
2020-10-04 05:28Catarata del Toro1
2020-10-17 06:36Galeria de Colibrí y Soda Cinchona - Mirador San Fernando1
2020-10-17 04:58El Tigre Waterfalls2
2020-10-17 12:20Camino a la estación San Gerardo.1
2020-10-17 04:19Reserva Santa Elena4
2020-10-10 11:28Refugio de Vida Silvestre Monteverde8
2020-10-24 07:00Curi-Cancha Refugio de Vida Silvestre2
2020-10-17 06:22Poasito--Freddo Fresas1
2020-10-14 07:48Curicancha Reserve entrance road2
2020-10-20 05:52Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve--Entrance1
2020-10-25 05:37Camino a la Reserva Alberto Manuel Brenes1
2020-10-17 12:03Road Bajos del Volcan2
2020-10-23 06:45Monserrat de Coronado2
2020-10-18 07:54Monte de la Cruz1
2020-10-17 06:37Turrialba--Aquiares1
2020-10-23 06:00Parque Ambiental Municipal Río Loro4
2020-10-24 08:00Hotel Quelitales1
2020-10-03 08:50Cerros de Escazú--Cedral Arriba1
2020-10-17 16:35Reserva Robles Mimosos Ecolodge4
2020-10-18 07:43Casa Tangara dowii Reserve2
2020-10-25 16:05San Gerardo de Dota1
2020-10-07 06:33Savegre Hotel1
2020-10-10 06:49RF de Palmichal--Santuario de Flora y Fauna Bugparadise (propiedad privada)2
2020-10-21 10:03La Piedra de Providencia1
2020-10-23 09:01PN El Ávila--Cueva Emilia2
2020-10-17 06:36Altos del Maria--Elevación 900-1100 msnm2
2020-10-13 10:46Camino a La Mesa1
2020-10-15 11:09Mount Totumas Cloud Forest Reserve3
2020-10-17 09:52Cerro Punta* general area (pls. use more precise loc.)1
2020-10-18 16:44Pipeline Trail5
2020-09-28 06:35Jaramillo Arriba5
2020-10-18 05:30Wilson Botanical Garden (OTS Las Cruces)2
2020-10-17 09:10Cerro Paraguas y alrrededores3
2020-10-23 13:30Arrierito Antioqueño ProAves Reserve1
2020-10-16 06:05Reinita Cielo Azul ProAves Reserve2
2020-10-17 05:32Colibrí del Sol ProAves Reserve1
2020-10-17 06:11Reserva El Moral1
2020-10-17 14:00RN San Sebastián de La Castellana2
2020-10-07 11:04Gorrión de Andivia ProAves Reserve1
2020-10-25 06:54Finca Bambusa1
2020-10-17 06:44Carretera Jardín - Riosucio1
2020-10-07 06:13Reserva El Popal1
2020-10-17 07:34Cerro Montezuma--Los Chorros1
2020-10-09 17:18Camino Montezuma--Los Cajones2
2020-10-10 05:58PNN Tatamá--Camino Montezuma2
2020-10-17 12:38Camino Montezuma--La Clarita2
2020-10-18 05:25Camino Montezuma--Río Claro1
2020-10-09 06:00Distrito de Manejo Integrado Agualinda1
2020-10-22 09:00Ecoparque Los Alcázares-Arenillo1
2020-10-19 08:03Ecoparque Los Alcázares-Arenillo--Torre Mirador1
2020-10-17 08:10Recinto del Pensamiento1
2020-10-23 06:54Ranita Dorada ProAves Reserve4
2020-10-17 21:34PNN Los Nevados--Paramo4
2020-10-17 07:16Parque Regional Ucumari--Otun Quimbaya al Cedral1
2020-10-17 06:00Reserva Forestal Bremen-La Popa1
2020-10-23 07:02Nacimiento del Rio Roble1
2020-10-17 05:32Reserva Bioandina--Cabaña3
2020-10-22 09:37Parque de La Vida1
2020-10-17 08:30Parque Verde y Agua1
2020-10-12 09:06Parque Verde y Agua1
2020-10-01 06:00Ecolodge La Minga (acceso restringido)4
2020-10-19 11:43Finca Debusale1
2020-10-10 06:06Finca Ronda Gyrola1
2020-10-17 05:32Bosque de Niebla Km. 181
2020-10-25 06:15Finca Bosque de Niebla1
2020-10-22 08:46La Florida - Bosque de Las Aves2
2020-10-17 06:50Bosque de San Antonio - Cali1
2020-10-18 06:06RN El Danubio6
2020-10-17 09:21PNN Farallones de Cali--La Esmeralda-Pichindé3
2020-10-21 08:01Finca La Aurora1
2020-10-07 06:30Shangri-La2
2020-10-17 05:04Bosque de Villamercedes
2020-10-17 06:40Reserva Natural El Manzanal - Popayán - Cauca2
2020-10-17 08:30Sendero El Aguila1
2020-10-24 07:10Mirador de Los Tucanes1
2020-10-17 07:00Parque Regional el Aleton4
2020-10-17 07:52Reserva Natural Los Ariscos1
2020-10-17 06:20Piedra del Amor2
2020-10-13 15:11Vía San Francisco-Mocoa--El Silencio1
2020-10-02 07:58Chical road--Upper elevations (1700-2350m)1
2020-10-17 06:24Reserva Amagusa1
2020-10-11 06:35Hacienda Puyucunapi2
2020-10-21 06:00Tandayapa Bird Lodge2
2020-10-17 09:39Balcón Tumpiki3
2020-09-28 06:30Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge1
2020-10-17 05:45Reserva Bellavista--general area1
2020-10-21 06:08Mindo Lindo1
2020-10-06 19:05Sachatamia Lodge1
2020-10-17 06:12Séptimo Paraiso1
2020-10-12 06:56Punto Ornitológico Mindo2
2020-10-17 10:39Guango Lodge2
2020-10-14 05:58Cabañas San Isidro1
2020-10-11 07:00Reserva Tapichalaca y Casa Simpson1
2020-10-08 08:10Flor de Café/Plataforma1
2020-10-17 06:46Hospedaje Ecológico Rural Mountain Garden--Finca Paraíso1
2020-10-24 05:30PN Yanachaga-Chemillen--Camino a San Alberto1
2020-10-04 07:50ACP Bosque de Churumazú1
2020-10-17 05:30Ipal Ecolodge1
2020-10-19 05:55Monterosa/Pacha Conservancy2
2020-10-15 05:54Santuario Historico Machu Picchu--Ferrocarril (Aguas Calientes a Mandor)2