Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Black-billed Treehunter (Thripadectes melanorhynchus)


French: Anabate à bec noir German: Schuppenkehl-Baumspäher Spanish: Trepamusgos piquinegro

Anabates melanorhynchus


, 1844,

forest region of Peru between 10° S and 12° S


Genetic studies#R#R found this species to be sister to T. rufobrunneus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. m. striaticeps (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1875) – E Andes of Colombia (S from Boyacá and W Casanare).
  • T. m. melanorhynchus (Tschudi, 1844) – E Andes in Ecuador (S from Sucumbíos) and Peru (S to Puno).
  • Descriptive notes

    20–21 cm; 39–46 g. Bulky, dark furnariid shaped somewhat like a thrush (Turdidae); the only Thripadectes with scaly throat and virtually unstreaked... read more


    Song an accelerating, then decelerating, slightly descending series of c. 10–13 sharp “kyip”... read more


    Montane evergreen forest; also second growth, and stunted forest on ridges. At 1000–1700 m.

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods, possibly also small vertebrates; recorded items include grasshoppers (Acrididae). Usually singly, rarely in mixed-species flock... read more


    Eggs in Oct and chicks in Feb and Apr in Ecuador. Presumably monogamous. Nest a pad of leaf stems and sometimes also thin sticks... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Race striaticeps known from only one locality, but almost certainly more widespread. Occurs in a number... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr & de Juana, E. (2020). Black-billed Treehunter (Thripadectes melanorhynchus). 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 January 2020).