Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Montane Foliage-gleaner (Anabacerthia striaticollis)


French: Anabate montagnard German: Weißbrillen-Blattspäher Spanish: Ticotico montano

Anabacerthia striaticollis


, 1840,

#R, no locality = Bogotá, Colombia


Genetic data#R do not support proposed sister relationship with A. variegaticeps, race temporalis of which sometimes included in present species. Race perijana perhaps restricted to E slope of Sierra de Perijá, as specimen from W slope indistinguishable from nominate#R; clarification required. Plumage variation in Andes appears to be clinal, redder-backed C Peruvian populations of montana approaching appearance of yungae, specimens from Ayacucho more or less intermediate, also specimens from Bolivia (Cochabamba) darker than those from S Peru and specimens from La Paz intermediate; quantitative analysis, including specimens from gaps in current samples, would likely reveal rather smooth clinal variation from S Colombia to Bolivia or, alternatively, a number of diagnosable populations that are currently without taxonomic recognition. Proposed race jelskii (from C Peru) is based on discoloured specimen of montana. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. s. anxia (Bangs, 1902) – Santa Marta Mts of N Colombia.
  • A. s. perijana Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1952 – Sierra de Perijá of NW Venezuela and perhaps N Colombia.
  • A. s. venezuelana (Hellmayr, 1911) – mountains of NC Venezuela (Yaracuy, and Carabobo E to Distrito Federal, also interior range in Aragua and Miranda).
  • A. s. striaticollis Lafresnaye, 1840 – Andes of W Venezuela (Lara, Trujillo, NW Barinas, Táchira) and Colombia (all three ranges, except in Nariño).
  • A. s. montana (Tschudi, 1844) – E slope of Andes in SE Colombia (Nariño) S to C Peru (S to Junín).
  • A. s. yungae (Chapman, 1923) – Andes from S Peru (Cuzco, Puno) S to C Bolivia (E to W Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    16–17 cm; 22–28 g. Medium-sized, rather plain furnariid with conspicuous face pattern, wedge-shaped bill. Nominate race has face mostly dark brown with some faint... read more


    Song an accelerating, belaboured series of staccato, high-pitched, ticking, squeaky, dry “peck” or... read more


    Montane evergreen forest; mostly 900–2300 m, locally to 2600 m.

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs, usually in mixed-species flocks, from mid-storey to subcanopy. Clambers and hops along horizontal... read more


    Presumably monogamous. Two nests described, placed in broken off stump of Bactris palm or dead tree, lined with lichens and moss.... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Occurs in several protected areas, including Henri Pittier and Guaramacal National Parks, in Venezuela; fairly common in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Montane Foliage-gleaner (Anabacerthia striaticollis). 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 17 February 2020).