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Foothill Schiffornis - BirdForum Opus

Schiffornis aenea


Sexes alike.
A brown or olive brown bird with no distinctive features.

Has a distinctive "wide-eyed" look.


South America: Found in the eastern Andes of Ecuador and in adjacent northern Peru (Piura and Cajamarca).


This is a monotypic species. Formerly included in Thrush-like Schiffornis.

It has traditionally been placed in the manakin family, but evidence strongly suggest it is better placed in Tityridae where now placed by SACC and Opus.


Supposedly fairly common in the lower growth of humid forest. Also in shaded secondary growth woodland. Normally seen below 1200m.


Not often seen. Perches quite low, clings to upright stems. Not often seen in mixed flocks.


Does respond to taped calls, differs in their vocalizations from other species of Schiffornis.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. SACC proposal to split Thrush-like Schiffornis
  3. Birdforum thread discussing the taxonomy of Schiffornis and other birds

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