Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Striped Treehunter (Thripadectes holostictus)


French: Anabate strié German: Strichelbaumspäher Spanish: Trepamusgos listado

Automolus holostictus

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1876,

Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia


Race striatidorsus doubtfully distinguishable from nominate; also, birds from N Peru (Amazonas S to La Libertad, from where no specimens known until recently) are intermediate in ventral coloration and extent of streaking between nominate and moderatus, and latter exhibits increasing tendencies towards nominate in populations farther N, and significantly smaller body size in extreme S; quantitative analysis, including specimens from intervening localities, may show that all geographical variation is clinal and that no division into races is warranted. Three subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. h. striatidorsus (Berlepsch & Taczanowski, 1884) – W Andes of W Colombia (Páramo de Frontino#R, S from Cauca) and W Ecuador (S to Chimborazo).
  • T. h. holostictus (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1876) – Andes of W Venezuela (SW Táchira), Colombia (C range S from Antioquia, and E range S from Norte de Santander), E Ecuador and N Peru (La Libertad).
  • T. h. moderatus J. T. Zimmer, 1935 – Andes from C Peru (Huánuco) S to C Bolivia (W Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    20–21 cm; 38–49 g. Bulky, streaked furnariid resembling a thrush (Turdi­dae) in shape; remarkably similar to Syndactyla subalaris. Nominate race has... read more


    Song a fast series of nasal chattering notes, slightly descending and decelerating; call described... read more


    Montane evergreen forest, especially in or near Chusquea bamboo thickets, locally ranging... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, possibly also small vertebrates. Usually forages singly, very occasionally in mixed-species flocks. Probes and gleans dead... read more


    Nests in exposed soil banks, in chambers at end of tunnels 0.45–1 m long and 8–9 cm in diameter, cup-shaped and constructed of... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common throughout range. Occurs in a number of protected areas, e.g. Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary, in Peru.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Striped Treehunter (Thripadectes holostictus). 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 25 January 2020).