Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-winged Barbtail (Premnornis guttuliger)


French: Anabasitte à gouttelettes German: Rostschwingen-Blattspäher Spanish: Subepalo alirrojizo
Other common names: Spotted Treerunner

Thripophaga guttuligera

P. L. Sclater

, 1864,

interior of Colombia = Bogotá


Specific name is adjectival and in present (masculine) genus must be modified to guttuliger#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. g. venezuelanus Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1956 – NW Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá, and Andes of SW Táchira).
  • P. g. guttuliger (P. L. Sclater, 1864) – Andes of Colombia (all three ranges), Ecuador and Peru (S to Puno).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14 cm; 13–17 g. Small furnariid with plumage pattern that recalls that of some Xiphorhynchus woodcreepers. Nominate race has pale buffish or brownish-... read more


    Seems to be perhaps the most characteristically silent furnariid. Fast, bouncy, accelerating... read more


    Montane evergreen forest, mostly at of 2000–2750 m; locally down to 1300 m in Peru.

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Generally forages singly, usually in mixed-species flocks, from understorey to mid-storey. Hops and clambers along branches,... read more


    Fledglings in Dec in C Colombia; in Ecuador, fledglings in Sept in NW, Jan–Feb and Sept in NE and Nov in S. Presumably monogamous.... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally common. Occurs in a number of protected areas, e.g. La Planada Nature Reserve, in Colombia, and Río Palenque Science Centre, in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr & Bonan, A. (2020). Rusty-winged Barbtail (Premnornis guttuliger). 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 25 February 2020).