Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Pink-legged Graveteiro (Acrobatornis fonsecai)


French: Synallaxe à pattes roses German: Plantagenschlüpfer Spanish: Graveteiro

Acrobatornis fonsecai

Pacheco et al.

, 1996,

Serra das Lontras, c. 550 m, above Itatingui, 15°11’ S, 39°23’ W, municipality of Arataca, Bahia, Brazil


Fairly recently described species and genus#R. The only furnariid with juvenile plumage radically different from adult. Monotypic.


SE Bahia and extreme NE Minas Gerais, E Brazil.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 14–15 g. Distinctive furnariid, the only one with plumage entirely grey and black and legs bright pink. Has broad grey supercilium becoming very narrow... read more


Song 4–8 seconds long, 2–4 irregularly spaced sharp notes followed by series of... read more


Found only in thinned forest dominated by Leguminosae (Erythrina verna, Senna... read more

Food and feeding

Recorded dietary items include Coleoptera (including families Curculionidae, Staphylinidae), Lepidoptera larvae and adults, ants and winged... read more


Season probably in austral spring, especially Sept–Oct; nestlings in Oct. Nest helping recorded; young seen to assist in nest... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. First discovered as recently as 1994. Known from many sites but all in only one very small area (2300 km2). Total population estimated at 2500–10,000 mature... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Pink-legged Graveteiro (Acrobatornis fonsecai). 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).