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Rufous-breasted Leaftosser - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Francisco Paludo
Estrada do Corvo, Quatro Barras, PR, Brazil, May 2017
Sclerurus scansor


17·5–20 (6¾-7¾ in)

  • Dark brownish face
  • Whitish throat with a scaly appearance
  • Bright chestnut rump
  • Black tail


South America: Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.



There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • S. s. cearensis:
  • North East Brazil (Ceará and northern Bahia)
  • S. s. scansor:


Tropical lowland and montain evergreen forests and adjoining secondary growth.



Their diet consists of invertebrates, such as spiders and beetles found in the leaf litter.


They re thought to be a monogamous species. Their nest is a hole in the ground.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2017)

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