Family Gnateaters (Conopophagidae)

Least Concern

Ash-throated Gnateater (Conopophaga peruviana)


French: Conophage du Pérou German: Graurücken-Mückenfresser Spanish: Jejenero peruano

Conopophaga Peruviana

Des Murs

, 1856,

Pebas, left bank of Río Marañón, Loreto, Peru


Apparently closely allied to Andean C. ardesiaca and C. castaneiceps, and part of the group centred on C. lineata. Monotypic.


E Ecuador (W & S of R Napo) and Amazonian Peru E to W Brazil (E to E bank of middle and upper R Purus) and S to N Bolivia (NW La Paz).

Descriptive notes

11·3–12·5 cm; 23–26 g. Male has dark brown crown, white postocular tuft, grey side of head; upperparts mostly brown, wing-coverts with distinct pale... read more


Song a string of abrupt, hollow, rather frog-like, weakly disyllabic notes sounding roughly like... read more


Interior of tall terra firme forest, often around light gaps, old treefalls and other... read more

Food and feeding

Small arthropods. Forages on or near the ground, taking prey from foliage and leaf litter by means of short reaches and gleans.


Little known. A nest in Ecuador held two nestlings in mid-Aug; a shallow cup surrounded by leaves and twigs, looking like a mass of debris... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon. Seems to sing less frequently than other conopophagids, making it more difficult to detect. Present in Kapawi Ecological Reserve... read more

Recommended citation

Whitney, B. (2019). Ash-throated Gnateater (Conopophaga peruviana). 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 27 May 2019).