Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Slaty-winged Foliage-gleaner (Philydor fuscipenne)


French: Anabate à ailes sombres German: Schieferflügel-Blattspäher Spanish: Ticotico aligrís

Philydor fuscipennis


, 1866,

Santiago, Veraguas, Panama


Most closely related to P. erythrocercum, and formerly treated as conspecific; a recent genetic study#R found these two to be sister to Megaxenops. Race erythronotum has been treated as separate species, but sound recordings of nominate apparently non-existent; disjunct population in W Ecuador probably represents an undescribed taxon, although vocally similar to erythronotum. Proposed race fulvescens (described from single specimen from N Colombia) represents plumage variant of erythronotum. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. f. fuscipenne Salvin, 1866 – Dusky-winged Foliage-gleaner – C Panama (Veraguas, Coclé, E Colón, Canal area).
  • P. f. erythronotum P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1873 – Rufous-backed Foliage-gleaner – E Panama (E from E San Blas and E Panamá Province) to N & SW Colombia (E to N Santander and N Caldas, S to Chocó) and W Ecuador (S Pichincha S to NW Azuay; El Oro).
  • Descriptive notes

    17 cm; 25–28 g. Rather dark Philydor. Nominate race has vague eyering pale rufescent ochre, conspicuous supercilium pale rufescent ochre, darkening posteriorly... read more


    Song a monotonic accelerating trill; contact call a sharp “chef”.


    Tropical lowland evergreen forest, usually hilly, also tall second growth; mainly 500–1000 m... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet primarily Orthoptera, spiders and their eggs, and Coleoptera; Heteroptera and small lizards also recorded. Forages solitarily or in... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to rare; uncommon to locally fairly common in Panama. Rare to locally fairly common in W Ecuador, and occurs in Río Palenque... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Slaty-winged Foliage-gleaner (Philydor fuscipenne). 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 16 December 2019).