Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Ceara Leaftosser (Sclerurus cearensis)


French: Sclérure du Ceara German: Pernambuco-Laubwender Spanish: Tirahojas de Ceará

Sclerurus scansor cearensis

E. Snethlage

, 1924,

São Paulo, Serra do Ibiapaba, Ceará


Until recently considered conspecific with S. scansor, but differs in its clear white vs dusky-scaled white throat (2); slightly brighter plumage on back and underparts (1); slightly smaller size (allow 1); and song, typically a fast rattle followed by a series of piping overslurred whistles which rise in pitch and increase in amplitude towards end vs a fast rattle decreasing in pitch towards end and slightly decelerating (thus, the rising piping whistles representing an exceptional difference: 4)#R. Genetic evidence agrees with this split#R#R. Monotypic.

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NE Brazil (Ceará S to N Bahia).

Descriptive notes

18·4–19·3 cm; 30–36 g. Compared to formerly conspecific S. scansor, the present species lacks dusky scaling on throat, has brighter upperparts, back contrasting less... read more


The song is typically a fast rattle followed by a series of piping overslurred whistles that rise... read more


Inhabits the understorey in the interior of humid relictual forests (known locally as brejos de... read more

Food and feeding

Diet unknown, but probably based on arthropods. Usually observed in pairs or alone. Foraging behaviour presumably similar to that of S... read more


No information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Endemic to NE Brazil, where a declining and seriously fragmented population has an overall range of c. 658,000 km², but an area of Area of Occupancy estimated at... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Ceara Leaftosser (Sclerurus cearensis). 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 10 December 2019).