Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Flammulated Treehunter (Thripadectes flammulatus)


French: Anabate flammé German: Streifenbaumspäher Spanish: Trepamusgos flamulado

Anabates flammulatus


, 1849,

New Grenada = “Bogotá”, Colombia


Sister to T. scrutator, and sometimes suggested perhaps to be conspecific; genetic studies#R#R suggest that the two are sister to T. ignobilis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. f. bricenoi Berlepsch, 1907 – Andes of W Venezuela (Mérida).
  • T. f. flammulatus (Eyton, 1849) – Santa Marta Mts (NE Colombia) and Andes of SW Venezuela (Táchira), Colombia (W Andes from Antioquia S to Cauca, C range, E range from Norte de Santander S to Cundinamarca), Ecuador (but on W slope S only locally to Azuay) and extreme N Peru (Piura, Cajamarca).
  • Descriptive notes

    24–25 cm; 50–62 g. The largest and most strikingly patterned Thripa­dectes. Nominate race has lores speckled blackish and golden buff, face and crown... read more


    Song described as a series of grating notes that start as a stutter, then accelerates and becomes... read more


    Montane evergreen forest, especially in or near Chusquea bamboo thickets; mostly 2200... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods, presumably also small vertebrates. Forages usually singly, rarely to occasionally in mixed-species flocks, in dense undergrowth... read more


    Presumably monogamous. Two active nests in Sep and Oct in Ecuador, and two more in Jun in N Colombia. Nest excavated in dirt bank, placed... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon in general. Not well known. Occurs in Podocarpus National Park and Pasochoa Forest Reserve, in Ecuador.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr & de Juana, E. (2020). Flammulated Treehunter (Thripadectes flammulatus). 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 20 February 2020).