BIRD OF THE WEEK — ANTIOQUIA BRUSHFINCH — PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

ANTIOQUIA BRUSHFINCH

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Atlapetes blancae
POPULATION: 50-100 individuals
IUCN STATUS: Critically Endangered
TREND: Decreasing
HABITAT: Native scrub and forest edge.

The Antioquia Brushfinch was first described in 2007, but only on the basis of three museum specimens. A live bird was not found in the field until 2018, when an unfamiliar brushfinch was spotted by a keen-eyed agronomist on his way to weekly mass on the outskirts of Medellín, Colombia.

This newly rediscovered relative of Ecuador’s Pale-headed Brushfinch joins the ranks of some of the rarest birds in the Western Hemisphere, including thBlue-eyed Ground-Dove, Bahama Nuthatch, and Stresemann’s Bristlefront.

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