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|Kingdom animalia |
Scientific name Atlapetes
Higher classification American Sparrows
|Family emberizidae |
|Lower classifications Yellow ‑ breasted brush finch, White ‑ naped brush finch, Slaty brush finch, Pale ‑ headed brush finch, Pale ‑ naped brush finch|
Choco endemics birds choco brush finch atlapetes crassus cerro montezuma tatama
Atlapetes is a genus of bird in the Emberizidae family. Along with the genus Buarremon they comprise the brush finches.
- Choco endemics birds choco brush finch atlapetes crassus cerro montezuma tatama
- Endemic yellow headed brush finch atlapetes flaviceps bogota birding
It contains the following species:
Rod of Atlapeta
Genus Atlapeta - Atlapetes.
A new species of birds, previously unknown to science, was discovered in Colombia: the Yarig atlapeta, Atlapetes latinuchus yariguierum. The bird with bright yellow plumage and orange crest, which lives in the rainforests of the Andes, was named after the Yarigyes tribe, which once inhabited this mountainous area. According to legend, the Indians of this tribe committed suicide in order not to fall into submission to the Spanish conquistadors.
The Colombian authorities hope to save the bird from a similar fate: the discovery of scientists, the message about which was published in the bulletin of the British Birdwatching Club, contributed to the fact that the government of the country decided to allocate 200 hectares of rainforest, where Atlapeta lives, to create a national park.
The bird, discovered by scientists, lives only in the Andes, and researchers believe that it needs protection in order not to be included in the list of more than a hundred bird species that are threatened with extinction in this country. One of the two birds caught by the scientists was released unharmed after they took photos and took a DNA sample, and the other died in captivity.
The bird can be distinguished from its closest relatives by the black back and the absence of white spots on the wings. “Atlapeta lives in the underexplored rainforests that remain in that area. They are teeming with a variety of animal and plant species that are still unknown to science, ”says Camila Gomez of Colombia's environmental group ProAves.