Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Streak-breasted Treehunter (Thripadectes rufobrunneus)


French: Anabate des ravins German: Ockerkehl-Baumspäher Spanish: Trepamusgos pechirrayado

Philydor rufobrunneus


, 1865,

San José, Costa Rica


See T. melanorhynchus. Monotypic.


Mountains of Costa Rica and W Panama (E to Veraguas).

Descriptive notes

20–22 cm; 48–54 g. Bulky, dark furnariid with shape somewhat like that of a thrush (Turdidae). Face is mostly dark brown, with dull rufescent flammulations on... read more


Song a series of rolling, burry “chi-wówr” notes; also described as a series of scratchy “ek” notes... read more


Montane evergreen forest, especially in epiphyte-laden steep ravines above and along streams; also... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods, small vertebrates; recorded dietary items are Coleoptera, Orthoptera including katydids (Tettigoniidae), cockroaches (Blattodea... read more


Season Feb–Aug; eggs in Feb–Mar and Aug, and nestlings in May. Monogamous. Nest a shallow woven pad of leaf stems or rootlets,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Costa Rica and Panama Highlands EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Present in fragmented forests.

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Streak-breasted Treehunter (Thripadectes rufobrunneus). 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 18 June 2019).