Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Lineated Foliage-gleaner (Syndactyla subalaris)


French: Anabate vergeté German: Streifenblattspäher Spanish: Ticotico rayado

Anabates subalaris

P. L. Sclater

, 1859,

Pallatanga, Chimborazo, Ecuador


Sister to S. ruficollis#R. Proposed race colligata (NW Peru) said to have crown and back less fuscous brown (contrasting more with blackish collar) and chin darker yellow than mentalis, but description based on only three specimens, and characters mentioned are individually variable; proposed race ruficrissa (C Peru) supposedly has back blacker, rump and uppertail-coverts more rufescent and throat patch more restricted, but these characters also highly variable and do not permit diagnosis of individual specimens (although lack of distinctive features rather surprising, given major biogeographical barrier separating this population from those of N Andes). Species occasionally referred to by name S. striaticollis, but that is apparently a nomen nudum#R. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. s. lineata (Lawrence, 1865) – mountains of Costa Rica and W Panama (E to Veraguas).
  • S. s. tacarcunae (Chapman, 1923) – Cerros Mali, Pirre and Tacarcuna, in extreme E Panama and NW Colombia.
  • S. s. subalaris (P. L. Sclater, 1859) – Andes of W Colombia (W range, W slope of C range; Serranía de San Lucas#R) and W Ecuador (S to El Oro).
  • S. s. striolata (Todd, 1913) – E Andes in NW Venezuela (Lara, NW Barinas) and Colombia (Magdalena S to Meta and Huila).
  • S. s. olivacea Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1956 – SW Táchira (Chiquito Valley), in W Venezuela.
  • S. s. mentalis (Taczanowski & Berlepsch, 1885) – E slope of Andes in Ecuador and Peru (S to Cuzco).
  • Descriptive notes

    17–19 cm; 26–40 g. Nominate race has narrow supercilium consisting of light buff spots that extend back to nape, face mostly blackish-brown with irregular buff... read more


    Song a fast, accelerating series of 6–10 dry, harsh, scratchy, nasal notes described as... read more


    Montane evergreen forest, especially along streams and treefalls, where undergrowth particularly... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mostly arthropods, occasionally small vertebrates; reported dietary items are Coleoptera, Orthoptera including crickets (Gryllidae),... read more


    Presumably monogamous. A nest with two eggs found in NW Ecuador in late May; nest in a hole in a tree, c. 2 m above the ground, a... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common throughout range. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. La Planada Nature Reserve, in Colombia.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr & de Juana, E. (2020). Lineated Foliage-gleaner (Syndactyla subalaris). 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 29 February 2020).