Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Near Threatened

Peruvian Recurvebill (Syndactyla ucayalae)


French: Anabate à bec retroussé German: Starkschnabel-Blattspäher Spanish: Ticotico picolezna peruano

Anachilus ucayalae


, 1928,

Lagarto, upper Río Ucayali, Peru


Sister to S. striata (below). Both were previously placed in genus Simoxenops, but vocalizations and general behaviour similar to those of Syndactyla#R, in which genetic study#R found Simoxenops to be embedded. Name Megaxenops ferrugineus is synonym of present species. Monotypic.


Amazonian SE Peru (S Ucayali, Cuzco, Madre de Dios) and N Bolivia (W Pando); also locally in S Amazonian Brazil (Acre, Rondônia#R, N Mato Grosso, Pará#R).

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm; 39–55 g. Fairly large, dark rufous furnariid with conspicuously heavy, wedge-shaped bill, disproportionately large toenails. Has narrow, inconspicuous... read more


Song a distinctive, ascending, accelerating series of peculiar low, harsh, chattering nasal notes,... read more


Tropical lowland evergreen forest and river-edge forest, primarily in or near Guadua... read more

Food and feeding

Recorded dietary items are spiders, larval Coleoptera, Dermaptera. Forages singly or in pairs, occasionally in mixed-species flocks; in... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Rare to locally uncommon. Global population size almost certainly small because of generally patchy... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Peruvian Recurvebill (Syndactyla ucayalae). 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).