Sclerurus rufigularis Pelzeln, 1868.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
English: Short-billed leafscraper; French: Sclйrure а bec court; German: Kurzschnabel-Laubwender; Spanish: Raspahojas de Pico Corto.
Body length is about 6 in (16 cm). Bill is short, straight, and pointed. The body is stout, and the tail is moderately long. The sexes are similar. The upperparts are dark-brown, the tail is blackish brown, the underparts are cinnamon-brown, and there is a tan stripe over the eye.
A widespread species that occurs in the Guianas, southern Venezuela, southeastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador, eastern Peru, northern Bolivia, and Amazonian Brazil.
Inhabits humid, lowland, tropical forest and humid montane forest. Mostly occurs up to about 1,650 ft (500 m), and rarely as high as 5,900 ft (1,800 m).
A non-migratory species. Occurs singly, or as a breeding pair. Sometimes associates with mixed-species foraging flocks. The song is a long trill or chatter.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
A furtive species that forages in dense foliage on or near the ground for insects and other invertebrates. It searches among leaf litter, often tossing debris with its bill to search beneath for prey.
Constructs a nest within a long burrow dug into an earthen bank. Both the male and female incubate the eggs and rear the nestlings.
Not threatened. A widespread but uncommon species.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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