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Photo by Lcverissimo
Intervales State Park, Ribeirão Grande, SP, Brazil, June, 2017
Philydor rufum


Length 18-19cm (7-7½in)

  • East slope birds are olive brown above, with rusty forehead and buff eyebrow. Throat is bright ochre-buff, with duller underparts.
  • West slope birds similar but darker overall, with rusty primaries and tail and greyish-olive crown.


Southeastern South America: Brazil and Paraguay, extreme northeast Argentina. Both slopes of Andes in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia.

Also found in Central America in Panama and Costa Rica.


Photo by Francisco Paludo
Campina Grande do Sul, PR, Brazil, 2017


There are 7 subspecies[1]:

  • P. r. panerythrum:
  • P. r. riveti:
  • P. r. columbianum:
  • P. r. cuchiverus:
  • P. r. bolivianum:
  • P. r. chapadense:
  • South-western Brazil (Mato Grosso)
  • P. r. rufum:


Sub canopy and borders of semi-open semi-tropical forest.



Forages singly or in pairs. Agile and fast-moving forager on tree branches; sometimes hangs upside-down. They hunt for insects such as spiders and their eggs, katydids and crickets.


They nest in holes in trees or banks. It is thought this species is monogamous.


  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. Arthur Grosset
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)

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