Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-tailed Foliage-gleaner (Anabacerthia ruficaudata)


French: Anabate rougequeue German: Olivrücken-Blattspäher Spanish: Ticotico colirrufo

Anabates ruficaudatus

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1838,

Yuracares (probably in Cochabamba), Bolivia


Previously included in Philydor, but genetic data#R place it clearly in present genus. Races intergrade extensively; populations from SE Colombia included in flavipectus but may be intergrades between that race and subflavescens; populations from the Guianas and NE Brazil are apparently intergrades between flavipectus and nominate, and those from SE Peru between subflavescens and nominate. Quantitative analysis, with more thorough sampling, likely to reveal that all variation is clinal and not worthy of subspecific recognition. Three subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. r. flavipectus Phelps, Sr & Gilliard, 1941 – SE Colombia (S from W Meta and Vaupés), SE Venezuela (S from C Amazonas and NW Bolívar), the Guianas and NE Brazil (Roraima, Amapá).
  • A. r. subflavescens Cabanis, 1873 – E Ecuador (very local, near Andes) and E Peru.
  • A. r. ruficaudata (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1838) – the Guianas, NE & Amazonian Brazil (Amazonas E to N Maranhão), SE Peru (E Ucayali) and N Bolivia (S to Cochabamba and NE Beni).
  • Descriptive notes

    16–17 cm; 21–32 g. Rather plain, dull, medium-sized furnariid; the only Philydor with some ventral streaking. Has broad, conspicuous dull ochraceous... read more


    Song a loud, staccato series of up to 25 “te” or “ke” notes, descends and... read more


    Tropical lowland evergreen forest and seasonally flooded forest; mostly terra firme forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet primarily Orthoptera, Coleoptera, and spiders; Heteroptera also recorded. Forages singly or in pairs, almost always in mixed-species... read more


    No information; nest not described. Estimated territory size 12 ha in transitional forest in SE Peru.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to locally common. Densities of 3–5/km2 found in transitional forest in SE Peru, and 1–9/km2 at four terra firme sites in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Rufous-tailed Foliage-gleaner (Anabacerthia ruficaudata). 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).