Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Russet-mantled Softtail (Cranioleuca berlepschi)


French: Synallaxe mantelé German: Graustirn-Baumschlüpfer Spanish: Colasuave dorsirrufo

Thripophaga berlepschi


, 1905,

Leimebamba, 10,000 feet [c. 3050 m], Amazonas, Peru


Previously placed in genus Thripophaga, and by some authors in Phacellodomus, but genetic data#R confirm its position in Cranioleuca. See also C. vulpecula. Monotypic.


Andes of N Peru (Amazonas S to La Libertad).

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 23 g. Has light greyish-brown face, lores darker, auriculars faintly flammulated; crown light greyish-brown, faintly flammulated; back reddish-rufous with some faint... read more


Natural song is a low churring, speeding up into a descending “cheecheecheechee­... read more


Elfin forest and montane evergreen forest; stunted forests on ridges, and Chusquea bamboo... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages in pairs or in small (possibly family) groups, often or perhaps mostly in mixed-species flocks. Gleans items from dead... read more


Virtually nothing known. Probably breeds during Jun–Sept dry season; immatures and juveniles seen in Jul and Sept.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously listed as Endangered. Restricted-range species: present in North-east Peruvian Cordilleras EBA. Poorly known; evidently rare and local. Recorded from... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & de Juana, E. (2020). Russet-mantled Softtail (Cranioleuca berlepschi). 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 27 January 2020).