Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-crowned Foliage-gleaner (Automolus rufipileatus)


French: Anabate à couronne rousse German: Rostkappen-Baumspäher Spanish: Ticotico coronicastaño

Anabates rufipileatus


, 1859,

Pará, Brazil


Sister to A. melanopezus#R#R. Proposed race maynanus (S Peru and Bolivia) described as brighter ochraceous below than nominate, but individual variation prevents diagnosis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. r. consobrinus (P. L. Sclater, 1870) – N & W Amazonia in E Colombia (along base of E Andes S from Arauca, in lowlands S from Meta), S Venezuela (W Barinas S along base of Andes, also NW Bolívar, Amazonas) and the Guianas S to E Ecuador, E Peru, W & NC Brazil (E to R Juruá) and NW Bolivia (S to Cochabamba).
  • A. r. rufipileatus (Pelzeln, 1859) – Brazil S of R Amazon (R Purus E to NW Maranhão).
  • Descriptive notes

    18–19 cm; 31–38 g. A rather uniformly rufescent Automolus. Has face mostly rufescent brown, trace of pale shaft streaks on auriculars; crown rather dark... read more


    Song a series of low, short, fast, staccato, almost trilled, complaining notes, “kee-ee-ee-rr... read more


    Riverine and várzea forest, especially in or near thickets of Gynerium cane or... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet primarily Orthoptera, Coleoptera, and spiders; Heteroptera and small tree-frogs also recorded. Usually forages in pairs, regularly to... read more


    Two males in breeding condition in Feb in Venezuela (Amazonas). Nest not described; territory size in SE Peru c. 2–3 ha. No other... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Restriction to linear habitat, namely riverine areas, naturally limits its global population. Occurs in several protected... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Chestnut-crowned Foliage-gleaner (Automolus rufipileatus). 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 25 January 2020).