Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

White-eyed Foliage-gleaner (Automolus leucophthalmus)


French: Anabate aux yeux blancs German: Weißaugen-Baumspäher Spanish: Ticotico ojiblanco

Anabates leucophthalmus


, 1821,

Rio Cachoeira, Bahia, Brazil


Until recently considered conspecific with A. lammi. Race sulphurascens varies clinally, populations in more humid areas darker and those in drier interior paler. Proposed race bangsi (Bahia) is synonym of nominate, following initial confusion over type locality of latter. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. l. leucophthalmus (Wied, 1821) – E Brazil (E Bahia).
  • A. l. sulphurascens (M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – SC & SE Brazil (SE Mato Grosso, S Goiás and S Bahia S to Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).
  • Descriptive notes

    19–20 cm; 25–38 g. Rather plain, dark rufescent foliage-gleaner with striking white throat. Nominate race has dark brownish face, faint rufescent shaft streaks on... read more


    Song a loud, vigorous, fast series of c. 5 (range 2–8) squeaky, syncopated “ki-dee... read more


    Tropical lowland evergreen forest, also tall second growth; from near sea-level to 1000 m, very... read more

    Food and feeding

    Recorded food items are Coleoptera (including families Erotylidae, Melolonthidae, Chrysomelidae), Formicidae, Orthoptera (Tettigoniidae,... read more


    Season presumably during austral spring-summer, based on birds in breeding condition in Rio Grande do Sul (S Brazil); eggs in Oct (Minas... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to common. In Brazil, race sulphurascens common in Augusto Ruschi Biological Reserve and Itatiaia and Iguaçu... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). White-eyed Foliage-gleaner (Automolus leucophthalmus). 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 7 December 2019).