Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner (Syndactyla ruficollis)


French: Anabate à cou roux German: Rosthals-Blattspäher Spanish: Ticotico cuellirrufo

Anabazenops ruficollis


, 1884,

Paucal (= Nancho), Cajamarca, Peru


Formerly placed in Automolus, but voice and plumage unlike any species in that genus; placement in present genus corroborated by recent genetic study#R. Sister to S. subalaris#R. Proposed race celicae (SW Ecuador) described as brighter, paler and more ochraceous, especially on upperparts, and has ochraceous supercilium and broader breast streaks; these features, however, can be found throughout species’ range and may be due to age differences and plumage wear. Monotypic.


Coastal hills and W slope of Andes in SW Ecuador (El Oro, Loja) and NW Peru (Tumbes S to Lambayeque).

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm; 29–39 g. Fairly large furnariid; unlike in others of genus, bill not obviously wedge-shaped. Conspicuous ­orange-rufous supercilium extends... read more


Montane evergreen forest and tropical deciduous forest; often in bamboo, shaded ravines, along... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs, often in mixed-species flocks; during dry season also in small groups and almost always in mixed... read more


Breeds probably during Jan–May wet season. Nest not described. No further information.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Formerly fairly common to common within its small range. Now uncommon and local. Population roughly... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Rufous-necked Foliage-gleaner (Syndactyla ruficollis). 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 8 December 2019).