Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Buff-throated Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus guttatus)


French: Grimpar des cabosses German: Fahlkehl-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos pegón

Dendrocolaptes guttatus

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1820,

no locality = Bahia, Brazil


Has often been considered conspecific with X. susurrans (which see) and until recently with X. guttatoides; new molecular review supports separation of former and proposes treatment of guttatoides group of taxa as a full species#R, and this is followed here (see that species). Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • X. g. polystictus (Salvin & Godman, 1883) – R Orinoco drainage in E Colombia (E Vichada), S & E Venezuela (N Amazonas, Bolívar and SW Anzoátegui E to Delta Amacuro), extreme N Brazil (Roraima), Guyana and Suriname; populations in French Guiana may instead represent connectens.
  • X. g. connectens Todd, 1948 – NE Amazonian Brazil along N bank of Amazon from E of Manaus E to Amapá.
  • X. g. guttatus (M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1820) – coastal E Brazil from SE Rio Grande do Norte#R and Paraíba S to Espírito Santo, rarely to N Rio de Janeiro.
  • Descriptive notes

    22·5–29·5 cm; 49–74 g. Relatively large, heavy-bodied woodcreeper with long, heavy and noticeably decurved bill. Nominate race has dark brown head... read more


    More vocal than most congeners, singing for extended periods at dawn and dusk (occasionally midday... read more


    Chiefly humid evergreen forest but habitat preferences vary geographically. Restricted to forested... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet chiefly arthropods, occasionally small vertebrates. Most prey relatively small, especially for the bird’s size. In relation to... read more


    Breeds during main dry season in French Guiana, in Mar in Guyana, and eggs in Jul in Suriname; birds in breeding condition in Jan–May... read more


    Apparently resident throughout range.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common in lowland forests in most of range. Largely dependent on intact but not necessarily undisturbed forest, with... read more

    Recommended citation

    Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R., Patten, M.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Buff-throated Woodcreeper (Xiphorhynchus guttatus). 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 7 December 2019).