Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Small Pale-browed Treehunter (Cichlocolaptes holti)


French: Anabate de Holt German: Rötelschwanz-Blattspäher Spanish: Ticotico cejipálido chico

Cichlocolaptes leucophrus Holti

O. M. O. Pinto

, 1941,

Alto da Serra, São Paulo


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. leucophrus, but differs in its darker (rich chestnut vs golden-chestnut to buffy-rufous) tail (2); blacker feathers in buff-streaked dark crown (1); slightly more olive upperparts (1); slightly more extensive plain buff throat (ns[1]); generally broader, paler supercilium (ns[1]); smaller size (effect size for tail −3.26, score 2); different voice, published data#R showing a higher frequency in rattle call (effect size 5.69, score 3) and higher pitch in raspy call (effect size 3.68, score 2). Monotypic.

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SE Brazil (São Paulo S to NE Santa Catarina and NE Rio Grande do Sul).

Descriptive notes

18–23 cm. Heavily striped, dagger-billed furnariid reminiscent of some woodcreepers in plumage pattern and shape. Differs from the formerly conspecific C. leucophrus... read more


Vocalizations similar to those of formerly conspecific C. leucophrus, but shows a higher... read more


Tropical lowland and montane evergreen forest; from near sea-level to c. 1000 m.

Food and feeding

No known differences from C. leucophrus. Diet arthropods including spiders. Forages, perhaps usually in mixed-species flocks, from... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Rare (especially in S of range, in states of Rio Grande do Sul,... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Small Pale-browed Treehunter (Cichlocolaptes holti). 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 14 December 2019).