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Streaked Tuftedcheek - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies medianus
Photo by Stanley Jones
Yambrasbamba, Amazonas, Peru, January 2017
Pseudocolaptes boissonneautii


Photo by Francisco Piedrahita
Reserva Rio Blanco, Manizales, Colombia, March 2013

20-22 cm (7¾-8¾ in)

  • Rufous tail
  • Brown back with dark streaks
  • Dark brown cap with buff streaks
  • Paler eyestripe
  • Buff-white feather tufts on cheek
  • White throat
  • Olive brown underparts
  • Diffuse spotting on the breast

Sexes are similar.


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia


It is sometimes considered conspecific with the Buffy Tuftedcheek, P. lawrencii which in that treatment would also include Pacific Tuftedcheek.


There are 10 subspecies[1]:

  • P. b. boissonneautii: Andes of Colombia and northern Ecuador
  • P. b. striaticeps: Coastal cordillera of northern Venezuela
  • P. b. meridae: Andes of western Venezuela (Táchira, Mérida and Trujillo)
  • P. b. oberholseri: Southern Colombia
  • P. b. orientalis: Andes of southern Ecuador
  • P. b. intermedianus: Western Andes of Peru (Piura)
  • P. b. pallidus: Andes of north-western Peru (Cajamarca)
  • P. b. medianus: Andes of northern Peru (Cajamarca to La Libertad)
  • P. b. auritus: Andes of central Peru (Huánuco, Cuzco and Puno)
  • P. b. carabayae: Andes of south-eastern Peru (Puno) and western Bolivia


Cloud Forest. From 1450–3200 m.



Their diet consists of insects, spiders and small amphibians like frogs. It forages in flocks (sometimes singly or in pairs) amongst mosses, vines, and bromeliads.


They are thought to be monogamous. They utilise old woodpecker holes in dead tree trunks.


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  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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)
  4. cyclopaedia

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