Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Near Threatened

Greater Scythebill (Drymotoxeres pucheranii)


French: Grimpar de Pucheran German: Wangenstreif-Sensenschnabel Spanish: Picoguadaña grande

Xiphorhynchus Pucheranii


, 1849,

“Santa Fe de Bogotá”, Colombia


Variation in size, shade of rufous on upperparts, and extent of streaking on back and belly apparently individual and not geographically related. Original description usually attributed to Des Murs, but now rectified to “Lafresnaye in Des Murs”. Of two spellings in original description, First Reviser selected pucheranii over pucherani#R. Monotypic.


Locally in Andes from SW & C Colombia (in W mostly W slope in Valle and Cauca, also upper Magdalena Valley in W Huila, and along E Andean slopes S from Boyacá) S on W slope to NW Ecuador (S to Pichincha) and along E slope to SE Peru (S to Cuzco).

Descriptive notes

24–30 cm; 63–78 g. Largest and heaviest-bodied scythebill, with bill stouter, shorter and not so deeply curved as that of congeners. Adult is dull rufous-brown to... read more


Rarely heard. An alternating series of twitters and nasal “ik” notes, also described as... read more


One of few truly montane dendrocolaptids, occurring in variety of humid forest types from... read more

Food and feeding

Diet poorly known, presumably mainly arthropods. One stomach contained small weevils, said to be common in banana trees on which bird was... read more


One nest in Ecuador was inside a vertical cavity within a living tree, the entrance 7·5 m above the ground, and contained two eggs... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Also included in preliminary “blue list” of species at risk in Colombia. A moderate priority for... read more

Recommended citation

Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R. & Patten, M.A. (2020). Greater Scythebill (Drymotoxeres pucheranii). 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 February 2020).