Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Treerunner (Pygarrhichas albogularis)


French: Picotelle à gorge blanche German: Kleiberbaumspäher Spanish: Picolezna comesebo

Dendrocolaptes albo-gularis

P. P. King

, 1831,

no locality = presumably Strait of Magellan, Chile


Recent thorough analyses#R#R indicate that this taxon is sister to a group that includes Microxenops and Ochetorhynchus. Monotypic.


C & S Chile (from Santiago) and W Argentina (from W Neuquén) S to Tierra del Fuego.

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 20–27 g. Distinctive, reminiscent of a nuthatch (Sitta) in plumage and shape, with ventral pattern unlike that of any other furnariid. Has... read more


Contact call described as loud, agitated, metallic “kik-ik”, “tsi-dik” or... read more


Tall, humid to semi-humid forest dominated by Nothofagus; sea-level to 1200 m.

Food and feeding

Arthropods; adult and larval Coleoptera recorded. Forages sometimes to usually singly, regularly to usually in mixed-species flocks with... read more


Season presumably during austral spring-summer; eggs in Nov–Dec and nestlings in Dec–Jan. Presumably monogamous. Nest-hole... read more


Mainly resident; some wandering in non-breeding season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Occurs in a number of protected areas in Chile, including Vicente Pérez Rosales, Puyehué, Nahuelbuta and Cerro La... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). White-throated Treerunner (Pygarrhichas albogularis). 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 17 November 2019).