Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-breasted Leaftosser (Sclerurus scansor)


Taxonomy

French: Sclérure à poitrine rousse German: Schuppenkehl-Laubwender Spanish: Tirahojas ogarití
Taxonomy:

Oxypyga scansor

Ménétries

, 1835,

Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais, Brazil

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In traditional classifications often placed next to S. caudacutus, on basis of similarity of throat patterns, but other plumage details and biogeography suggest that present species is sister to S. albigularis, a conclusion supported by recent phylogenetic analysis#R. Until recently, included S. cearensis as a race (see below). Monotypic.

Distribution:

C, CE & SE Brazil (Mato Grosso, Goiás and Minas Gerais S to Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

17·5–20·1 cm; 30–41 g. Rather large Sclerurus having pale throat and contrasting breast. Face is mainly dark brownish, grizzled; malar area... read more

Voice

Sharp, metallic, descending trill lasting 2–3 seconds, sometimes ending in chatter, “... read more

Habitat

Tropical lowland and montane evergreen forest, occasionally extending into mature secondary... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates, including spiders, beetles and hemipterans based on analysis of a tiny number of stomachs of collected birds. Usually seen... read more

Breeding

Season probably during austral spring-summer; eggs in Aug, and birds in breeding condition in Sept and Dec. Presumably monogamous. Nest-... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare to locally fairly common. In Brazil, fairly common in Serra dos Órgãos National Park; rare in Augusto Ruschi... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Rufous-breasted Leaftosser (Sclerurus scansor). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56585 on 18 August 2019).