Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Brown-rumped Foliage-gleaner (Automolus melanopezus)


French: Anabate brunâtre German: Orangekehl-Baumspäher Spanish: Ticotico pardo

Anabates melanopezus

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

Río Napo, Ecuador


Sister-species of A. rufipileatus. Although the N and S populations are evidently separated geographically, no appreciable phenotypic difference between them is apparent. Monotypic.


SE Colombia (W Putumayo), E Ecuador and N Peru (Amazonas, N Loreto); separate population in SE Peru (S Ucayali, Cuzco, Madre de Dios), W Brazil (SW Amazonas, Acre, N Rondônia) and N Bolivia (W Pando).

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm; 27–32 g. A rather plain, smallish Automolus. Has face mostly rich dark brown, hint of paler shaft streaks on auriculars, lores grizzled... read more


Song a fast, rhythmic “whip, whip, whudidididit-wrrrrrr”, or staccato burst of upward-inflected... read more


Tropical evergreen forest, mainly floodplain-forest, primarily in or in vicinity of Guadua... read more

Food and feeding

Diet primarily Orthoptera, Coleoptera, Heteroptera, and spiders; small tree-frogs also recorded. Regularly observed in mixed-species flocks... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon in all parts of range. Occurs in Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve.

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Brown-rumped Foliage-gleaner (Automolus melanopezus). 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 13 December 2019).