Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner (Anabacerthia variegaticeps)


French: Anabate à lunettes German: Ockerbrillen-Blattspäher Spanish: Ticotico de anteojos

Anabazenops variegaticeps

P. L. Sclater

, 1857,

Córdoba, Veracruz, southern Mexico


Distinctive race temporalis sometimes treated as a race of A. striaticollis, which it resembles more closely; formerly considered a separate species, and perhaps better maintained as such until relationships resolved, although differs only in its more rufous mantle (1) and more flammulated, less scaly breast (1), while recordings do not suggest significant divergence in voice. Proposed race idoneus (W Panama), described as similar to nominate but paler (more olivaceous) above and yellowish-olive (not rufescent) below, appears to represent individual variation. Three subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. v. schaldachi Winker, 1997 – mountains of SW Mexico (Guerrero).
  • A. v. variegaticeps (P. L. Sclater, 1857) – Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner – mountains from S Mexico (Caribbean slope S from Veracruz, Pacific slope S from Oaxaca) S to W Panama (W Chiriquí).
  • A. v. temporalis (P. L. Sclater, 1859) – Spot-breasted Foliage-gleaner – W Andes of Colombia (S from S Chocó) and W Ecuador (S to W Loja, also coastal cordilleras in W Esmeraldas, SW Manabí and W Guayas).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16 cm; 19–25 g. Medium-sized, rather plain and dull-plumaged furnariid with conspicuous face pattern, wedge-shaped bill. Nominate race has broad supercilium... read more


    Song 15–20 squeaky, sharp “squeak” or “skew” notes that lasts several... read more


    Montane evergreen forest, locally to tropical lowland evergreen forest; also tall second growth.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Recorded dietary items are Homoptera, Coleoptera, katydids (Tettigoniidae), moths, and spiders. Forages singly or in pairs, regularly to... read more


    Presumably monogamous. Nest in old hole of woodpecker (Picidae) in tree, bottom filled with deep layer of moss. Clutch reported as 2 eggs.... read more


    Resident; some downslope movement, to 400 m, in non-breeding season.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to common. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Tapantí National Park, in Costa Rica, and La Planada Nature Reserve and Río... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Scaly-throated Foliage-gleaner (Anabacerthia variegaticeps). 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 January 2020).