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Photo by andyadcock
La Escalera, Venezuela, January 2016
Pheugopedius coraya

Thryothorus coraya


14-15cm (5½-6 in)

  • Rufous brown
  • Darker brown back
  • Brown-black wings
  • Buff-white breast
  • Black head, with white flecks
  • White throat
  • Narrow white upper eye stripe
  • White eye ring
  • Black and white banded tail
  • Black decurved bill
  • Black iris
  • Greyish-black legs


South America: found in Venezuela, eastern Ecuador, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname, southeast Colombia, and Peru.


Was formerly placed in genus Thryothorus with all other species of the genus Pheugopedius.


Ten subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • P. c. griseipectus: Eastern Ecuador, adjacent Brazil and north-eastern Peru n of the Marañón
  • P. c. caurensis: Eastern Venezuela (Caura Valley)
  • P. c. barrowcloughianus: Tepuis of southern Venezuela (Mount Roraima and Mount Cuquenam)
  • P. c. ridgwayi: Mountains of eastern Venezuela (Gran Sabana) to western Guyana
  • P. c. obscurus: Tepuis of south-eastern Venezuela in Bolívar (Auyan-tepui)
  • P. c. coraya: The Guianas and adjacent Brazil north of the Amazon
  • P. c. herberti: Northern Brazil south of the Amazon
  • P. c. albiventris: Eastern Peru (eastern slope of Andes in San Martín)
  • P. c. amazonicus: Tropical eastern Peru south of Río Marañón (Loreto and Huánuco)
  • P. c. cantator: Subtropical mountains of south-eastern Peru (Junín and Cusco)


Humid forests and second growth, particularly along river banks.



They hunt around in the undergrowth mostly for insects such as spiders and beetles. They also eat some seeds.


The globe shaped nest is made from dry leaves and has a side entrance. The clutch consists of 2 eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibirds: The Birds of Suriname
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Mar 2018)

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