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Chestnut-crowned Foliage-gleaner - BirdForum Opus

Automolus rufipileatus


19-20 cm
Mostly rufous with a stronger chestnut on the crown and somewhat darker on parts of the back. Bill and legs are greyish and iris is orange-yellow.


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil.



There are 2 recognized subspecies[1]:

  • A. r. consobrinus:
  • A. r. rufipileatus:
  • Brazil south of the Amazon (Rio Purús to northern Maranhão)


Seems more common in seasonally flooded forest (varzea) than in other moist lowland forests.


Food involved mainly invertebrates but also smaller vertebrates such as tree-frogs. Feeding is low in dense vegetation, and observations indicate that food is most often sought in dead leaves.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Ber van Perlo. 2009. A field guide to the Birds of Brazil. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, USA. ISBN 978-0-19-530155-7
  3. Remsen, Jr., J. V. (2020). Chestnut-crowned Foliage-gleaner (Automolus rufipileatus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.ccfgle2.01
  4. Avibase
  5. Wikipedia

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