Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Tawny-winged Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla anabatina)


French: Grimpar à ailes rousses German: Hellschwingen-Baumsteiger Spanish: Trepatroncos sepia

Dendrocincla anabatina

P. L. Sclater

, 1859,

Omoa, Cortés, Honduras


See D. tyrannina. Race saturata sometimes merged with nominate, but darker, more olive upperparts and allopatric distribution support recognition as separate race. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. a. anabatina P. L. Sclater, 1859 – Caribbean slope from S Mexico (SE Veracruz and N Oaxaca E to S Quintana Roo) S & E to E Nicaragua.
  • D. a. typhla Oberholser, 1904 – Yucatán Peninsula (E Yucatán, N Campeche, N Quintana Roo).
  • D. a. saturata Carriker, 1910 – Pacific slope of Costa Rica (S from Gulf of Nicoya) and W Panama (W Chiriquí).
  • Descriptive notes

    17–19 cm; male 34–42 g, female 29–39 g (anabatina). Medium-sized woodcreeper with straight bill, relatively short tail, slightly crested appearance... read more


    Song an extended rattle lasting to 70–80 seconds that sometimes stutters or changes cadence... read more


    Humid evergreen forest; also mangroves and, on Yucatán Peninsula, semi-deciduous forest. Primarily... read more

    Food and feeding

    Largely insectivorous, but small vertebrates (especially lizards) and some vegetable matter also taken. Prey taken when feeding over army... read more


    Newly hatched young in late May and dependent juvenile in mid-Jul in Belize; nest preparation beginning late Feb, eggs laid early Mar to... read more


    Resident; individuals recaptured at same site in Belize both in same and in subsequent seasons,... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common within humid forest over most of range from Mexico S to Costa Rica, but rare in deciduous forest in Yucatán Peninsula; less... read more

    Recommended citation

    Marantz, C.A., Aleixo, A., Bevier, L.R. & Patten, M.A. (2019). Tawny-winged Woodcreeper (Dendrocincla anabatina). 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).