Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Ruddy Foliage-gleaner (Automolus rubiginosus) - HBW 8, p. 347

French: Anabate rubigineux German: Zimtkehl-Baumspäher Spanish: Ticotico Castaño
Other common names: Ruddy Leaf-gleaner

Taxonomy: Anabates rubiginosus P. L. Sclater, 1857, Córdoba, Veracruz, southern Mexico.
No obvious sister-species in genus. Vocal and substantial morphological differences between Guianan Shield race obscurus and other races suggest that at least two species are involved; vocalizations of many of the distinctive races are unknown. Black-tailed races nigricauda and saturatus formerly considered to represent a separate species. Proposed race umbrinus, described (from Guatemala) as like nominate but paler and redder above and paler below, considered to be not reliably distinguishable from veraepacis and synonymized with it by most authors; in addi.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Anabates rubiginosus P. L. Sclater, 1857, Córdoba, Veracruz, southern Mexico.
No obvious sister-species in genus. Vocal and substantial morphological differences between Guianan Shield race obscurus and other races suggest that at least two species are involved; vocalizations of many of the distinctive races are unknown. Black-tailed races nigricauda and saturatus formerly considered to represent a separate species. Proposed race umbrinus, described (from Guatemala) as like nominate but paler and redder above and paler below, considered to be not reliably distinguishable from veraepacis and synonymized with it by most authors; in addition, that broader taxon thought by some to be possibly indistinguishable from nominate. Supposed characters of proposed race moderatus, described from single specimen from N Peru, evidently represent individual variation within highly variable watkinsi. Proposed species A. xanthippe (W Panama) considered a synonym of fumosus. Racial identity of birds in SW Venezuela (Apure) uncertain; tentatively assigned to cinnamomeigula. Recent specimens from Amazonian NE Peru (away from Andes) are small, and dark below, much like geographically distant obscurus; believed possibly to represent an undescribed taxon. Fourteen subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • guerrerensis Salvin & Godman, 1891 - SW Mexico (Guerrero, W Oaxaca).
  • rubiginosus (P. L. Sclater, 1857) - mountains of E Mexico (Veracruz).
  • veraepacis Salvin & Godman, 1891 - mountains from S Mexico (E Oaxaca, Chiapas) and Guatemala E to N Nicaragua.

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  • guerrerensis Salvin & Godman, 1891 - SW Mexico (Guerrero, W Oaxaca).
  • rubiginosus (P. L. Sclater, 1857) - mountains of E Mexico (Veracruz).
  • veraepacis Salvin & Godman, 1891 - mountains from S Mexico (E Oaxaca, Chiapas) and Guatemala E to N Nicaragua.
  • fumosus Salvin & Godman, 1891 - mountains of extreme SW Costa Rica and W Panama (Chiriquí, San Blas).
  • saturatus Chapman, 1915 - highlands of extreme E Panama (Darién) and NW Colombia (Antioquia).
  • rufipectus Bangs, 1898 - Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.
  • nigricauda Hartert, 1898 - W Colombia (Baudo Mts, and foothills of W Andes) S to W Ecuador (S to El Oro) and narrowly to N Peru (Tumbes).
  • sasaimae Meyer de Schauensee, 1947 - E Andes of Colombia (W slope in Boyacá and Cundinamarca).
  • cinnamomeigula Hellmayr, 1905 - SW Venezuela (Apure) and foothills of E Colombian Andes (Meta).
  • caquetae Meyer de Schauensee, 1947 - foothills of E Andes in S Colombia (Nariño, Caquetá, Putumayo) and NE Ecuador (Sucumbíos).
  • brunnescens Berlioz, 1927 - foothills from E Ecuador (S from Napo) S to NE Peru (Amazonas).
  • watkinsi Hellmayr, 1912 - Andean foothills from N Peru (San Martín) S to N Bolivia (La Paz), also extreme SW Brazil (Acre).
  • venezuelanus J. T, Zimmer & Phelps, Sr., 1947 - tepui region of S Venezuela (Bolívar, Amazonas).
  • obscurus (Pelzeln, 1859) - the Guianas and NE Brazil.