Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Scaly-throated Leaftosser (Sclerurus guatemalensis)


French: Sclérure écaillé German: Fleckenbrust-Laubwender Spanish: Tirahojas guatemalteco

Tinactor guatemalensis


, 1844,

no locality = Guatemala


Sister to S. caudacutus. Substantial individual variation in characters used to define races; all noted differences might be due to combination of clinal and individual variation, making recognition of races inappropriate; ennosiphyllus intergrades with salvini in Atrato Valley (Colombia). Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. g. guatemalensis (Hartlaub, 1844) – S Mexico (from Veracruz) S to C Panama (Colón).
  • S. g. salvini Salvadori & Festa, 1899 – E Panama (Panamá Province to Darién), NW Colombia (N Chocó) and W Ecuador (Esmeraldas S to SW Manabí and W Guayas, formerly to N Guayas).
  • S. g. ennosiphyllus Wetmore, 1951 – N Colombia (Antioquia E to Bolívar).
  • Descriptive notes

    16–18 cm; 29–38 g. Scaly pattern on throat more conspicuous than in congeners. Has dark brownish face, some rufescent flammulations on auriculars; malar area and... read more


    Song a fast series of 10–15 sharp, clear, whistled notes, “pwik wik-wík-w... read more


    Tropical lowland evergreen forest with sparse undergrowth; locally tall second growth, locally also... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates. Forages singly, occasionally in pairs. Terrestrial; hops on ground, tail tips often pressed to substrate; does not walk.... read more


    Eggs in Apr in Honduras and May and Oct–Dec in Costa Rica; nestlings in Jan, Mar and Jun in Costa Rica and Mar in Panama. Monogamous... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to rare throughout range. Population in Ecuador recently listed as vulnerable, main threat being forest destruction and fragmentation caused... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Scaly-throated Leaftosser (Sclerurus guatemalensis). 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).