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Alagoas Foliage-gleaner - BirdForum Opus

Philydor novaesi
Photo by Ciro Albano
Frei Caneca Private Reserve, Jaqueira, State of Pernambuco, North-eastern Brazil


18 cm

  • Reddish-brown plumage
  • Dull yellowy-orange forehead and lores, with black scaling
  • Blackish-brown crown, with dark olive-brown scaling
  • Narrow buffy-cinnamon supercilium and subocular stripe
  • Dull chestnut eye-stripe
  • Blackish stripe from mandible to auriculars, with chestnut spots
  • Greenish-chestnut nape and upperparts
  • Rufous rump and tail
  • Underparts pale rufous with tinged olive on sides of belly and crissum

Sexes are similar.


Very restricted range in the state of Alagoas in North East Brazil, best looked for in Murici an IBAMA reserve. Recent info indicates that the last observations were from 2007 in Murici and from 2011 in Frei Caneca, in spite of searched after those dates. This species therefore might be extinct by now.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Interior upland Atlantic forest at 400-550 m.



It builds its nest from clay.


The diet includes insects, including larvae taken from dead wood, beetles, grasshoppers and ants.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. BirdLife International
  3. Birdforum thread discussing status of this and other birds from Brazil

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