Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner (Automolus lammi)


French: Anabate du Pernambuco German: Weißkehl-Baumspäher Spanish: Ticotico de Pernambuco

Automolus leucophthalmus lammi

J. T. Zimmer

, 1947,

Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil


Until recently considered conspecific with A. leucophthalmus; differences from geographically and morphologically closer nominate leucophthalmus are slight (those involving dorsal colour, tail and throat#R not upheld in USNM specimen evidence), involving a sharper division between creamy-white throat and toffee-brown breast (1); and browner, slightly less rufous flanks, lower belly and vent (1); but song distinctive, a deliberate series of typically 4–6 harsh modulated notes vs a fast series of 5–7 nasal doubled overslurred notes, hence much longer notes (3) with dramatically different note shape reflected as 10 vs 0–1 oscillations per note (at least 3). Monotypic.

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E Brazil (Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas and Sergipe).

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm. Very similar to the formerly conspecific A. leucophthalmus, but described as having upperparts darker and browner, less rufescent, throat tinged pale... read more


Song a strident series of 2–11 closely spaced (3–4/second), frequency-modulated notes or doublets,... read more


Tropical lowland and foothill evergreen forest, and taller second-growth woodland, to 550 m.

Food and feeding

No information on diet, other than general observations of birds taking unidentified arthropods. Usually observed in mixed-species flocks,... read more


Apparently nothing known.



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: almost confined to the Atlantic slope of Alagoas and Pernambuco Endemic Bird Area, but also ranges S to Sergipe and N to Paraíba, where... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner (Automolus lammi). 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 11 December 2019).