|Yellow-breasted Brushfinch Atlapetes latinuchus
(aka Rufous-naped Brushfinch or Bolivian Brushfinch
Atlapetes rufinucha latinuchus
|Peru and Ecuador
The Yellow-breasted Brushfinch is distributed in the Andes from northern Colombia through Ecuador to central Peru. See the distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in woodland and forest borders mainly between 1,600 and 3,200 metres.
|Despite its relatively recent split there are still 9 sub-species. Photo 1 from Abra Patricia, Peru shows a prominent white wing speculum and a less prominent dark malar stripe signifying that it is the nominate sub-species. On the other hand, photos 2 and 3 from Yanacocha, Pichincha, Ecuador on the eastern slope of the Andes are a bit duller and show no white at the wing speculum. This is the sub-species Atlapetes latinuchus spodionotus.|
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