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Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch

Common Name Chestnut-capped Brush-Finch

Scientific Name Atlapetes brunneinucha

Species Birds

Family/Group Finches



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Found only in foothills and highlands. Crown mostly chestnut, with forehead and sides of head black, forehead wih three inconspicuous white vertical stripes; above otherwise dark olive; throat white, bordered below by narrow black chest band; remaining underparts whitish, sides and flanks olive grayish.

Habits and Behavior

Though often fairly numerous (as attested to by mist-netting), this shy and inconspicuous species is not seen very frequently. Usually found on the ground, singly or in pairs, inside forest. Flicks leaves aside with its bill, not scratching with its feet. Often best located through its distinctive, very high-pitched vocalizations; the song consists of several thin squeaky notes.

Nicaragua Animal Guide