Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Black-capped Foliage-gleaner (Philydor atricapillus)


French: Anabate à tête noire German: Schwarzscheitel-Blattspäher Spanish: Ticotico cabecinegro

Anabates atricapillus


, 1821,

Rio Catolé, Bahia, Brazil


Genetic data#R suggest that this species is probably sister to P. pyrrhodes; apparently also close to P. novaesi. Named form Philydor hylobius, previously believed by some to be an isolated population of present species, in fact represents juvenile plumage of Syndactyla roraimae. Monotypic.


SE Brazil (S Bahia S to S Mato Grosso do Sul and NE Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay and extreme NE Argentina (N Misiones).

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm; 17–27 g. One of the most striking foliage-gleaners, with distinctive “tiger-striped” head pattern, strongly rufous coloration (reported N-S... read more


Song a somewhat musical, whistled, fast, sharply descending trill; also gives irregular series of... read more


Tropical lowland evergreen forest and secondary forest; recorded from near sea-level to 1050 m.

Food and feeding

Various arthropods. In detailed analysis of diet in relation to prey availability in dead leaves, bulk of food found to consist of adult... read more


Little information. Nest not described, but reported to be in hole in dirt bank.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common in Brazil; rare in Paraguay. In Brazil, fairly common in Sooretama and Augusto Ruschi Biological Reserves and in Itatiaia... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Black-capped Foliage-gleaner (Philydor atricapillus). 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 25 February 2020).