Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Caatinga Cacholote (Pseudoseisura cristata)


French: Cacholote roux German: Zimtcachalote Spanish: Cacholote de caatinga

Anabates cristatus


, 1824,

Malhada, Rio São Francisco, Bahia, Brazil


Closely related to P. unirufa and formerly considered conspecific (see above). Monotypic.


E Brazil (E Maranhão, Ceará, Paraíba and Pernambuco S to C Minas Gerais).

Descriptive notes

26 cm. Large, crested furnariid. Plumage is rather uniform bright reddish-rufous, paler and brighter below; crest feathers tipped and edged greyish, remiges tipped fuscous;... read more


Song usually given as duet that lasts c. 7 seconds, presumed male 4–10 evenly spaced notes... read more


Tropical deciduous forest; caatinga woodland and scrub, especially where overgrazed;... read more

Food and feeding

Recorded dietary items are Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, and vegetable matter. Usually in pairs. Mostly terrestrial; evidently gleans, probes... read more


Season not documented. Probably mainly monogamous, but some breeding units seem to contain 3–4 individuals in adult plumage, all of... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common, especially where caatinga severely degraded or overgrazed. Density often rather high; pairs typically separated from nearest... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Caatinga Cacholote (Pseudoseisura cristata). 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 15 December 2019).