Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Buffy Tuftedcheek (Pseudocolaptes lawrencii)


French: Anabate chamois German: Fahlwangen-Astspäher Spanish: Trepamusgos barbablanca panameño

Pseudocolaptes lawrencii


, 1878,

La Palma and Navarro, 3500–5000 feet [c. 1065–1525 m], Costa Rica


Until recently, normally considered conspecific with P. johnsoni; sometimes treated as race of P. boissonneauii. Proposed race panamensis, described from single specimen from W Panama, appears undiagnosable, as characters (more olivaceous back with paler streaks, browner flanks) fall within range of variation of nominate. Monotypic.


Mountains of Costa Rica S to C Panama (E to Coclé#R).

Descriptive notes

20–21 cm; 35·5–50·7 g. Large, richly coloured, strongly patterned furnariid with conspicuous pale tawny tuft at side of neck. Buff-whitish... read more


Song (in Costa Rica) a series of sharp “wit” notes followed by clear trill that ends... read more


Montane evergreen forest, usually open or at edge, often ranging into clearings with trees. At 1550... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly arthropods, occasionally small amphibians. Diet in Costa Rica consisted primarily of Dermaptera, cockroaches (Blattodea), Orthoptera... read more


Season Jan–May in Costa Rica, with eggs recorded in Apr and nestlings in May. Presumably monogamous. Nest c. 9 m above ground in... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Has a comparatively small range, estimated at just 31,200 km2, but within which the species’ population is believed to be... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Buffy Tuftedcheek (Pseudocolaptes lawrencii). 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).