Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper (Dendrexetastes rufigula)


French: Grimpar à collier German: Perlhals-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos gorjicanelo

Dendrocolaptes (orthocolaptes) rufigula


, 1844,



Race devillei sometimes suggested to be a separate species, but not very distinctive in plumage and has vocalizations like those of other races. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. r. devillei (Lafresnaye, 1850) – W Amazonia from C Colombia, E Ecuador and E Peru E to W Brazil (E to R Madeira, probably also to R Negro) and S to N Bolivia.
  • D. r. rufigula (Lesson, 1844) – NE Amazonia in E Venezuela (NE Bolívar, S Delta Amacuro), the Guianas and N Brazil (N Roraima, and R Negro E to Amapá).
  • D. r. moniliger J. T. Zimmer, 1934 – Amazonian Brazil S of Amazon (from R Madeira E to lower R Tocantins, S to Mato Grosso).
  • D. r. paraensis Lorenz von Liburnau, 1895 – Amazonian Brazil S of Amazon (E of R Tocantins in E Pará).
  • Descriptive notes

    22·5–27 cm; male 64–74 g, female 66–77 g. Relatively large, heavy-bodied woodcreeper with relatively short wings, short stout bill with slightly hooked tip... read more


    Song, mostly at dawn and dusk, often in near darkness, a rapid grating trill that initially... read more


    Humid Amazonian forest, both terra firme and flooded; forested sand ridges and savanna... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet poorly known; probably largely arthropods, but often observed pecking at clusters of fruit. Stomach contents have included beetles and... read more


    Breeds mainly during the short dry season in the Guianas; flying young being fed in Oct in French Guiana. Nests in hollow tree, abandoned... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to common, but often local, throughout its range. Both difficult to observe and rarely captured in mist-nets, thus best censused by using... read more

    Recommended citation

    Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R. & Patten, M.A. (2019). Cinnamon-throated Woodcreeper (Dendrexetastes rufigula). 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).