Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Near Threatened

Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner (Clibanornis rufipectus)


French: Anabate des Santa Marta German: Rostbrust-Baumspäher Spanish: Ticotico de Santa Marta

Automolus rufipectus


, 1898,

Pueblo Viejo, 8000 feet [c. 2440 m], Colombia


Until recently considered conspecific with C. rubiginosus, but differs in its highly distinctive song, a rapid series of 4–6 notes vs a nasal upslurred note, sometimes preceded by an introductory note, hence length of note ten times shorter (4), number of notes 3–4 times more (3), suggesting that an alternative generic placement may be appropriate#R, even though in plumage there appear to be no characters that constantly separate it from all races of rubiginosus; it may however forage much more on the ground than from trunks and branches#R. Recent genetic analysis#R indicates that it is sister-species of C. rubiginosus, the two being sister to C. erythrocephalus. Monotypic.


Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.

Descriptive notes

17–20 cm. Very similar to all races of formerly conspecific C. rubiginosus, especially to E Andes race sasaimae, but is much paler than latter, has mantle... read more


Song highly distinctive compared to that of formerly conspecific C. rubiginosus (for... read more


Inhabits dense undergrowth of primary forest, second growth and shade-coffee plantations, perhaps... read more

Food and feeding

No data concerning diet, although this is presumably similar to that of C. rubiginosus. Typically forages close to the ground,... read more


Virtually nothing known, but an active nest was found in Feb (details unknown).


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Given its small and presumably decreasing range, currently considered globally Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: confined to Santa Marta... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner (Clibanornis rufipectus). 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 17 February 2020).