Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Streaked Tuftedcheek (Pseudocolaptes boissonneauii)


French: Anabate de Boissonneau German: Weißwangen-Astspäher Spanish: Trepamusgos barbablanca andino

Anabates Boissonneautii

[sic] Lafresnaye

, 1840,



Sometimes treated as conspecific with P. lawrencii (and P. johnsoni), and race auritus is more similar to P. lawrencii than it is to nominate boissonneauii; vocal analyses required. Proposed form orientalis is a synonym of oberholseri, and intermedianus may also be indistinguishable. Proposed race pallidus (NW Peru) inseparable from medianus. In Peru, allocation of San Martín and La Libertad populations to auritus is tentative, and specimens from Ayacucho and Cuzco somewhat intermediate in colour of malar tuft and rump between that race and carabayae. Original spelling of species name must be corrected, due to internal evidence: “nous le dédions à M. Boissonneau”. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. b. meridae E. J. O. Hartert & Goodson, 1917 – Sierra de Perijá and Andes of NW Venezuela (Trujillo, Mérida, Táchira) and NE Colombia (E Andes S to Boyacá).
  • P. b. striaticeps Hellmayr & Seilern, 1912 – Coastal Range of N Venezuela (Yaracuy, and Carabobo E to Miranda).
  • P. b. boissonneauii (Lafresnaye, 1840) – Andes of Colombia (W & C ranges, and E range S from Cundinamarca).
  • P. b. oberholseri Cory, 1919 – Andes of Ecuador (both slopes).
  • P. b. intermedianus Chapman, 1923 – W slope of Andes of NW Peru (Piura, NW Cajamarca).
  • P. b. medianus Hellmayr, 1919 – N Peruvian Andes S of R Marañón (S Cajamarca, and Amazonas S to San Martín).
  • P. b. auritus (Tschudi, 1844) – E slope of Andes of C Peru (La Libertad S to N Puno).
  • P. b. carabayae J. T. Zimmer, 1936 – E slope of Andes from S Peru (S Puno) S to C Bolivia (E to W Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    20–22 cm; 37–62 g. Large, strongly patterned furnariid with conspicuous pale tuft at neck side. Nominate race has buff-whitish supercilium, blackish-brown lores... read more


    Song high-pitched for size of bird, 1–2 sharp “spik” notes followed by series of whistled... read more


    Montane evergreen forest and elfin forest; mostly 1700–3200 m, locally down to 1450 m and up... read more

    Food and feeding

    Recorded dietary items are Lepidoptera larvae and small frogs. Forages singly or in pairs, often or usually in mixed-species flocks, from... read more


    Dependent juveniles seen in Sept in Colombia. Presumably monogamous. Nest in old hole of woodpecker (Picidae) in dead tree trunk. No... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to common throughout range. Occurs in numerpous protected areas, including Henri Pittier and Sierra Nevada National Parks, in Venezuela, and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Streaked Tuftedcheek (Pseudocolaptes boissonneauii). 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).