Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Buff-throated Foliage-gleaner (Automolus ochrolaemus)


Taxonomy

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

Anabates ochrolaemus

Tschudi

, 1844,

Peru

.

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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    Resident.

    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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56571 on 17 February 2019).