Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Pacific Tuftedcheek (Pseudocolaptes johnsoni)


French: Anabate de Johnson German: Tropfenbrust-Astspäher Spanish: Trepamusgos barbablanca del Pacífico

Pseudocolaptes johnsoni

Lönnberg and Rendahl

, 1922,

Baeza, road to Napo, 6000 feet [c. 1830 m], Ecuador


Until recently, normally considered conspecific with P. lawrencii, but differs in its stronger rufous (less buff-tinged) mantle and back (ns[1]); rich rufous vs grey-streaked cream-buff underparts (3); rufous-tan vs grey-black outer vanes of primaries (2); wing-coverts dark grey-brown with vague rufous edges vs blackish with strong rufous tips (2); shorter tail (sample size too small, but evidence indicative; ns); divergent song, being a high-pitched (score 2) rattled series of notes, slowing into stuttering and ending (always) with a characteristic high-pitched downslurred note (2), vs several well-spaced staccato notes followed by a trill, which usually ascends in pitch and then descends while slowing in pace#R. Monotypic.


W slope of W Andes of Colombia (S from S Antioquia and C Chocó) and W Ecuador (S to El Oro).

Descriptive notes

20–21 cm; 58 g. Large, richly coloured, strongly patterned furnariid with conspicuous pale tawny tuft at side of neck. Differs from formerly conspecific P. lawrencii... read more


Song differs from that of P. lawrencii in being a high-pitched rattle that slows to a... read more


Montane evergreen forest, usually open or at edge, often ranging into clearings with trees.... read more

Food and feeding

Diet has not been studied, but is presumably similar to that of formerly conspecific P. lawrencii. Foraging behaviour also not... read more


Little-known. Nestlings in Apr and early Jun in Colombia; juvenile observed in early year in W Ecuador. Presumably monogamous. Nest in old... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population size unknown, but believed to be stable, within overall range estimated at 76,200 km². Range in W Andes of Colombia has... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Pacific Tuftedcheek (Pseudocolaptes johnsoni). 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 13 December 2019).