Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-rumped Foliage-gleaner (Philydor erythrocercum)


French: Anabate à croupion roux German: Rostbürzel-Blattspäher Spanish: Ticotico lomirrufo

Anabates erythrocercus


, 1859,

Manaus, Brazil


See P. fuscipenne. Distinctive montane race ochrogaster has been treated as a separate species, but differs only in its pale tawny vs off-whitish supercilium, malar and throat area, and (slightly admixed with grey) rest of underparts, with correspondingly slightly warmer lower upperparts and wing-coverts (3); song apparently similar to, if not indistinguishable from, that of nominate (recordings currently lacking). Race lyra varies clinally in plumage coloration from W to E. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. e. erythrocercum (Pelzeln, 1859) – Rufous-rumped Foliage-gleaner – the Guianas and NE Brazil (E from R Negro, S to R Amazon).
  • P. e. subfulvum P. L. Sclater, 1862 – S Colombia (S from W Meta), E Ecuador and N Peru (N of R Amazon, W of R Ucayali).
  • P. e. suboles Todd, 1948 – SE Colombia (Amazonas) and NW Brazil (N of R Amazon, E to R Negro).
  • P. e. lyra Cherrie, 1916 – Amazonian E Peru (S of R Amazon, E of R Ucayali), Brazil (E, S of R Amazon, to N Maranhão, S to Mato Grosso) and N Bolivia (Pando, N Beni).
  • P. e. ochrogaster Hellmayr, 1917 – Ochre-bellied Foliage-gleaner – Andes from C Peru (S from Huánuco) S to NC Bolivia (S to Cochabamba, with sight reports to NW Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 18–31 g. Rather small, dull Philydor with conspicuously contrasting tail. Nominate race has conspicuous narrow supercilium and eyering pale... read more


    Song a slightly ascending and then descending series of 4–6 high notes, “chu, chee,... read more


    Tropical lowland evergreen forest, mainly terra firme but locally in várzea;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Recorded dietary items (race lyra) are spiders, Orthoptera (Acridoidea), Coleoptera (including families Cicindellidae,... read more


    Breeds during dry season in French Guiana. One nest described, in hole 30 cm deep in old tree stump, nest-chamber with pad of wood fibres;... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Densities estimated at 9–20/km2 in transitional forest in SE Peru and 10–28/km2 at four terra firme... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Rufous-rumped Foliage-gleaner (Philydor erythrocercum). 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 26 January 2020).