Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner (Clibanornis erythrocephalus)


French: Anabate à tête orange German: Braunschulter-Baumspäher Spanish: Ticotico cabecirrufo occidental

Hylocryptus erythrocephalus


, 1919,

Alamor, 4300 feet [c. 1300 m], Peru–Ecuador border


Previously placed in Hylocryptus and sometimes in Automolus, but genetic data#R#R indicate that it belongs in present genus and is sister to the pair C. rubiginosusC. rufipectus. Race palamblae known from only few specimens; quantitative analysis may show that it is not diagnosable. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. e. erythrocephalus (Chapman, 1919) – SW Ecuador (coastal cordillera in SW Manabí and W Guayas, also El Oro and W Loja) and extreme NW Peru (Tumbes).
  • C. e. palamblae (J. T. Zimmer, 1935) – NW Peru (Piura, Lambayeque).
  • Descriptive notes

    22 cm; 42–51 g. Large, distinctively patterned, handsome, long-billed ­foliage-gleaner. Has nearly uniform orange-rufous face slightly paler than crown, hint of... read more


    Song a distinctive, mechanical, staccato “tok-tok-tok-tok-tok-tok-tok” or “kree-kruh-kruh-kruh-kruh... read more


    Tropical deciduous forest with dense understorey and thick leaf-litter layer; often in ravines and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates; isopods recorded. Forages singly or in pairs, regularly in mixed-species flocks, mostly on or close to ground. Gleans food... read more


    Season Jan–May in Ecuador; nestlings in Mar and Apr in Peru. Presumably monogamous. Nest at end of tunnel c. 1 m long in dirt bank.... read more


    Presumably resident, but local seasonal movements suspected.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Rare to uncommon; very local. Population recently estimated at 2500–10,000 mature individuals;... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr, de Juana, E. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner (Clibanornis erythrocephalus). 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 7 December 2019).