Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Guttulate Foliage-gleaner (Syndactyla guttulata)


French: Anabate à gouttelettes German: Zimtbrauen-Blattspäher Spanish: Ticotico goteado

Anabazenops guttulatus

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

near Caracas, Venezuela


Sister to S. ucalayae and S. striata#R. Identity of population in Sierra de San Luis (Falcón) uncertain, thought to belong with nominate race. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. g. guttulata (P. L. Sclater, 1858) – N Venezuela in C Falcón (Sierra de San Luis) and Coastal Range (Yaracuy, Carabobo E to Distrito Federal, S Aragua).
  • S. g. pallida J. T. Zimmer & Phelps, Sr, 1944 – mountains of NE Venezuela (NE Anzoátegui, Sucre, N Monagas).
  • Descriptive notes

    17–19 cm; 34–38 g. Dark and heavily streaked furnariid with laterally compressed wedge-shaped bill (more so than congeners). Has faint supercilium dull ochra­... read more


    Song a harsh, accelerating “cjak, cjak, czak czak-zak-zak-zak-za-za-za”, sometimes... read more


    Montane evergreen forest and secondary forest; 900–2100 m.

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs, often in mixed-species flocks; occasionally follows army ants. In understorey, rarely to mid-storey... read more


    Presumably monogamous. A nest thought to have been of this species was in cavity in wall, filled with twigs, with entrance at bottom. No... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Caripe-Paria Region EBA and Cordillera de la Costa Central EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common, and has small... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Guttulate Foliage-gleaner (Syndactyla guttulata). 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).