OVENBIRDS   -   FURNARIIDAE   -   PART II

Upucerthia earthcreepers, cinclodes, foliage-gleaners, and other miscellaneous species


Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper - Lochmias nematura
Sharp-tailed Streamcreeper
Lochmias nematura nematura
Itatiaia National Park, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
Streamcreepers are found in mountainous regions in much of tropical South America and extreme eastern Panama. The nominate race from southern Brazil and surrounding coutries (shown here), tends to be a lot more common and easier to see than other races. (S7)

Wren-like Rushbird - Phleocryptes melanops
Wren-like Rushbird
Phleocryptes melanops melanops
Dique Florentino Ameghino, Chubut province, Argentina.
A well-named species. It only inhabits talls, dense reedbeds both around high Andean lakes and in lowland marshes from Peru to Argentina. (S6)


Curve-billed Reedhaunter - Limnornis curvirostris
Curve-billed Reedhaunter
Limnornis curvirostris
Quinta, Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil.
A marsh-loving species found in southern Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. (D4)


Striated Earthcreeper - Geocerthia serrana
Striated Earthcreeper
Geocerthia serrana serrana
Cruz Conga, Cajamarca region, Peru.
Endemic to the high Andes of Peru. (S8)


Striated Earthcreeper - Geocerthia serrana
Striated Earthcreeper
Geocerthia serrana serrana
Cruz Conga, Cajamarca region, Peru.
(S8)


Scale-throated Earthcreeper - Upucerthia dumetaria
Scale-throated Earthcreeper
Upucerthia dumetaria dumetaria
Valdes Peninsula, Chubut province, Argentina.
An earthcreeper of dry, rocky areas from southern Bolivia all the way to Tierra del Fuego. (S6)


White-throated Earthcreeper - Upucerthia albigula
White-throated Earthcreeper
Upucerthia albigula
Putre, Region I, Chile.
The earthcreeper with the most restricted range, occurring only in southern Peru and extreme northern Chile. It is very similar to Plain-breasted Earthcreeper, and they can be hard to tell apart except for voice. This particular bird was vocalizing and responding to playback. (S5)


Buff-breasted Earthcreeper - Upucerthia validirostris
Buff-breasted (Plain-breasted) Earthcreeper
Upucerthia validirostris jelskii
Sierra de Santa Victorira, Salta province, Argentina.
A locally common species in high Andean puna from Peru to Argentina and Chile. Plain-breasted and Buff-breasted Earthcreepers were recently lumped; this race was formerly included with Plain-breasted. (S6)


Buff-breasted Earthcreeper - Upucerthia validirostris
Buff-breasted Earthcreeper
Upucerthia validirostris validirostris
El Infiernillo, Tucuman province, Argentina.
(S6)


Long-tailed Cinclodes - Cinclodes pabsti
Long-tailed Cinclodes
Cinclodes pabsti
Fields east of São Francisco de Paula, Rio Grande de Sul state, Brazil.
A Brazilian endemic, and the only regularly-occurring cinclodes in Brazil. Buff-winged is only a winter visitor to the far south. (D3)


Buff-winged Cinclodes - Cinclodes fuscus
Buff-winged Cinclodes
Cinclodes fuscus
Garibaldi Pass, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
The widespread Bar-winged Cinclodes, which occurs from Venezuela all the way south to Tierra del Fuego, has now been split into three species. This the southernmost species, breeding mainly in Patagonia. It is migratory, moving north as far as southern Brazil and Paraguay during the austral winter. This bird was clearing bringing food to nestlings, but I didn't locate the nest (24 Jan 2015). (S8)


Blackish Cinclodes - Cinclodes antarcticus
Blackish Cinclodes
Cinclodes antarcticus antarcticus
Carcass Island, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas)
Restricted to southern Tierra del Fuego and nearby smaller islands, as well as the Falklands. It is often called "Tussock-bird" on the Falklands. (S8)


Chestnut-winged Cinclodes - Cinclodes albidiventris
Chestnut-winged Cinclodes
Cinclodes albidiventris albidiventris
Reserva Ecologica Antisana, Napo province, Ecuador.
This is the northernmost species of the Bar-winged Cinclodes complex, occuring from Venezuela south to extreme northern Peru, with a chestnut patch in the wing. (S3)


Cream-winged Cinclodes - Cinclodes albiventris
Cream-winged Cinclodes
Cinclodes albiventris albiventris
Sierra de Santa Victoria, Salta province, Argentina.
The central species of what was formerly Bar-winged Cinclodes. It is found from northern Peru south to northern Chile and northwestern Argentina. (S6)


Stout-billed Cinclodes - Cinclodes excelsior
Stout-billed Cinclodes
Cinclodes excelsior excelsior
Reserva Ecologica Antisana, Napo province, Ecuador.
This cinclodes is found only in the high Andes of Ecuador and southern Colombia. The bill is typically longer, thicker, and more decurved than that of the smaller and more widespread Chestnut-winged Cinclodes. (S8)


White-bellied Cinclodes - Cinclodes palliatus
White-bellied Cinclodes
Cinclodes palliatus
Ticlio Bog, Lima department, Peru.
The prettiest of all the cinclodes, and also one of the rarest. It's found only in very high elevation bogs in central Peru, and the total population is thought to be only a few hundred birds. (S8)


White-winged Cinclodes - Cinclodes atacamensis
White-winged Cinclodes
Cinclodes atacamensis atacamensis
Rio Chonta, Cajamarca region, Peru.
This species is always found near fresh water, usually streams or upland bogs. (S8)


White-winged Cinclodes - Cinclodes atacamensis
White-winged Cinclodes
Cinclodes atacamensis atacamensis
Yavi, Jujuy province, Argentina.
A bird sitting at the opening of its nest, 22 Sep 2014. (S8)


Dark-bellied Cinclodes - Cinclodes patagonicus
Dark-bellied Cinclodes
Cinclodes patagonicus patagonicus
Tierra del Fuego National Park, Argentina.
Restricted to southern South America in Chile and Argentina. (S8)


Seaside Cinclodes - Cinclodes nigrofumosus
Seaside Cinclodes
Cinclodes nigrofumosus
Concón, Region V, Chile.
Endemic to Chile, restricted to rocky costs. Very similar to the Surf Cinclodes of Peru, and maybe should be lumped with it. (S5)


White-collared Foliage-gleaner - Anabazenops fuscus
White-collared Foliage-gleaner
Anabazenops fuscus
Carlos Botelho State Park, São Paulo state, Brazil.
A very distinctive foliage-gleaner endemic to SE Brazil, where it inhabits bamboo thickets in the Atlantic Rainforest. (S8)


Pale-browed Treehunter - Cichlocolaptes leucophrus
Pale-browed Treehunter
Cichlocolaptes leucophrus
Intervales State Park, São Paulo state, Brazil.
A distinctive foliage-gleaner endemic to the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. It is not closely related to the other treehunters. It feeds almost entirely in bromeliads. (S8)


Slaty-winged Foliage-gleaner - Philydor fuscipenne
Slaty-winged Foliage-gleaner
Philydor fuscipenne erythronotum
Buenaventura Reserve, El Oro province, Ecuador.
A poor shot, but photos of this species are quite scarce, and practically nonexistant from Ecuador. This is at the southernmost point of its known range.  (S8)


Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner - Philydor rufum
Buff-fronted Foliage-gleaner
Philydor rufum riveti
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
A common and widespread foliage-gleaner, occuring all the way from Costa Rica to northeastern Argentina. It is usually seen following mixed species flocks. (S8)


Montane Foliage-gleaner - Anabacerthia striaticollis
Montane Foliage-gleaner
Anabacerthia striaticollis montana
WildSumaco, Napo province, Ecuador.
A very common flock species in Andean cloudforest in many areas, though it is absent from some regions, such as the west slope of the Andes in Ecuador. (S7)


Ochre-breasted Foliage-gleaner - Anabacerthia lichtensteini
Ochre-breasted Foliage-gleaner
Anabacerthia lichtensteini
Volta Velha reserve, Itapoá, Santa Catarina state, Brazil.
Restricted to the Atlantic Rainforest region, where it is reasonably common, and frequently encountered with mixed species flocks. (S8)


Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner - Anabacerthia variegaticeps
Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner
Anabacerthia variegaticeps temporalis
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, Pichincha province, Ecuador.
This bird was searching in dead leaves for prey. This species inhabits cloudforest from Mexico to western Ecuador, where it is usually seen following mixed species flocks. (S8)


Lineated Foliage-gleaner - Syndactyla subalaris
Lineated Foliage-gleaner
Syndactyla subalaris subalaris
Chical, Carchi province, Ecuador.
This species inhabits montane cloudforest from Costa Rica to Peru. (S7)


Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner - Syndactyla rufosuperciliata
Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner
Syndactyla rufosuperciliata oleaginea
Pico da Caledônia, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil
Occurs in the Andes south of the equator as well as cool forests in southeastern South America. This is the subspecies found in the yungas of southern Bolivia and northwestern Argentina. It has an olivaceous tinge to the underparts. (S8)


Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner - Syndactyla rufosuperciliata
Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner
Syndactyla rufosuperciliata rufosuperciliata
Pico da Caledônia, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil
This is the nominate subspecies, found in Southeast Brazil. (S7)


Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner - Syndactyla ruficollis
Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner
Syndactyla ruficollis celicae
El Tundo, Sozoranga, Loja province, Ecuador.
A scarce Tumbesian endemic, found in dry forests of SW Ecuador and NW Peru. (S8)


Chestnut-winged Hookbill - Ancistrops strigilatus
Chestnut-winged Hookbill
Ancistrops strigilatus strigilatus
Yasuní Research Station, Orellana province, Ecuador.
This is a neat monotypic genus of foliage-gleaner, found widely in the eastern and southern Amazon region. It stays mainly in the subcanopy, so tough to photograph well; this shot is a personal favorite. (S6)


Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner - Clibanornis erythrocephalus
Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner
Clibanornis erythrocephalus erythrocephalus
Limón de Porculla, Lambayeque department, Peru.
Strong sunlight and shadows made this a poor shot of what is tough-to-photograph species. I'll have to try again. It's a scarce Tumbesian endemic, found in dry forest of W Ecuador and NW Peru. (S6)


Chestnut-capped Foliage-gleaner - Clibanornis rectirostris
Chestnut-capped Foliage-gleaner
Clibanornis rectirostris
Pirapora, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
A shy, scarce, and local species found in dry forest from central Brazil to Paraguay. A poor photo, but there are not many out there for this bird. (S8)


Ruddy Foliage-gleaner - Clibanornis rubiginosus
Ruddy Foliage-gleaner
Clibanornis rubiginosus (ssp?)
WildSumaco, Napo province, Ecuador.
A widespread neotropical rainforest species that occurs from Mexico to Bolivia. It has many races. I am unsure about the racial allocation of this bird. By range, one would expect brunnescens, but caquetae is known to occur in NE Ecuador near the Colombian border, and the dull brown underparts suggest it could be that race. Lightings conditions and the angle make that a hard call. Note the pale auriculars, a feature often visible on this species but rarely mentioned in field guides. The white patch on the wing is not typical and is an aberrant feature of this particular individual.    (S7)


Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner - Clibanornis rufipectus
Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner
Clibanornis rufipectus
El Dorado reserve, Santa Marta mountains, Magdalena department, Colombia.
Recently split from Ruddy Foliage-gleaner A. rubiginosus, with which it never should have been lumped to begin with. It, along with the very similar Hylocryptus, has been merged with Clibanornis. (S5)


Striped Woodhaunter - Automolus subulatus
Striped (Western) Woodhaunter
Automolus subulatus assimilis
La Unión, Esmeraldas province, Ecuador.
This bird is part of the "Western Woodhaunter" (virgatus) group that will likely be split from the cis-Andean nominate subspecies. Plumage differences are subtle, but they differ dramatically in voice. (S8)


Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner - Automolus ochrolaemus
Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner
Automolus ochrolaemus pallidigularis
Río Palenque Science Station, Los Ríos province, Ecuador.
This subspecies, found from Panama to western Ecuador, has a white throat. (S7)


Brown-rumped Foliage-gleaner - Automolus melanopezus
Brown-rumped Foliage-gleaner
Automolus melanopezus
Yasuní Research Station, Orellana province, Ecuador.
A very scarce and skulky bird in the western Amazon. It's even showing a brown rump in this photo. (S6)
















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