Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner (Automolus ochrolaemus)


French: Anabate à gorge fauve German: Fahlkehl-Baumspäher Spanish: Ticotico gorjiclaro

Anabates ochrolaemus


, 1844,



Vocal differences described for race exsertus and perhaps others suggest that more than one species may be involved; pallidigularis considered a separate species by some authors, but difference from exsertus minor. Populations from Belize may show signs of intergradation between cervinigularis and hypophaeus; proposed race amusos (Honduras) described as paler than latter, but not reliably diagnosable. Some signs of introgression between auricularis and nominate in W Brazil. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. o. cervinigularis (P. L. Sclater, 1857) – Western Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner – Caribbean lowlands of S Mexico (Veracruz, N & NE Oaxaca and S from S Quintana Roo), N Guatemala and W Belize.
  • A. o. hypophaeus Ridgway, 1909 – Honduras S to NW Panama.
  • A. o. exsertus Bangs, 1901 – Pacific slope of SW Costa Rica and W Panama (Chiriquí, Veraguas).
  • A. o. pallidigularis Lawrence, 1862 – E Panama, N & W Colombia (E to Magdalena Valley in N) and NW Ecuador (S to W Guayas and Los Ríos).
  • A. o. turdinus (Pelzeln, 1859) – SE Colombia (S from W Meta and Vaupés), S Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar) and the Guianas S to E Ecuador, NE Peru and N Brazil (N of R Amazon).
  • A. o. ochrolaemus (Tschudi, 1844) – Eastern Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner – S of R Amazon, from E Peru and W Brazil (E to left bank of R Purus) S to C Bolivia (W Pando S to NW Santa Cruz).
  • A. o. auricularis J. T. Zimmer, 1935 – C Brazil (from right bank of R Purus E to E Pará) S to NE Bolivia (E Pando, NE Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    18–19 cm; 30–46 g. Fairly large, rather plain foliage-gleaner. Nominate race dark brownish face with faint flammul­ations on auriculars, bold buff eyering;... read more


    Song in South America a descending series of nasal notes, “kee-kee-krr-krr”, “jee... read more


    Tropical lowland evergreen forest, tall second growth and coffee plantations in Middle America; in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet primarily Orthoptera, Coleoptera, spiders, and Heteroptera; Dermaptera, ants, small frogs and small lizards (Anolis limifrons... read more


    Season Feb–May in Costa Rica, eggs Mar–May. Monogamous. Nest a broad, shallow cup of a single type of plant fibre (usually... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to fairly common in most of its range. Density estimated to be 3–4 birds/km2 at two sites in French Guiana. Present in fragmented... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner (Automolus ochrolaemus). 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 9 December 2019).