Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Critically Endangered

Alagoas Foliage-gleaner (Philydor novaesi)


French: Anabate d’Alagoas German: Alagoasblattspäher Spanish: Ticotico de Alagoas

Philydor novaesi

Teixeira and Gonzaga

, 1983,

Serra Branca, c. 9°15’ S, 35°50’ W, c. 550 m, Municipio de Murici, Alagoas, Brazil


Apparently closest to P. atricapillus. Monotypic.


NE Brazil, where recorded only in Alagoas (Murici) and Pernambuco (Frei Caneca and Pedra d’Anta Reserves)#R; possibly extinct.

Descriptive notes

18 cm; 30–38 g. Has conspicuous pale buff supercilium and eyering, blackish-brown postocular band, pale buff auriculars bordered below by blackish-brown band; lores... read more


Song a trilled series of notes; alarm “thoor” or “theer”.


Tropical lowland evergreen forest and humid, hilly second-growth forest; 400–550 m.

Food and feeding

Recorded dietary items are Coleoptera and their larvae, Orthoptera (Acrididae), and ants. Observed singly or in pairs, usually in mixed-... read more


No information. Immature found in Mar.



Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Slope of Alagoas and Pernambuco EBA. Rare; range extremely small, c. 36 km². Known from just two... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Alagoas Foliage-gleaner (Philydor novaesi). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 February 2020).