Brazilian name: Barranqueiro-do-nordeste
Luzia do Itanhi, Sergipe, Brazil
The Pernambuco Foliage-gleaner has only recently been recognised as a full species. (see the South American Classification Committee's resolution here .) It is distributed in the north-east of Brazil in the states of Pernambuco, Alagoas and Sergipe and is found in the undergrowth of Atlantic Rain Forest and in secondary woodland often associated with bamboo.
|It is a dark brown
foliage-gleaner with rump and tail a bright cinnamon-rufous and
with a contrasting whitish throat and a white eye. It is
becoming scarce as the few remnants of Atlantic Rain Forest in
north-east Brazil continue under threat.
HBW and other authorities treated it as a sub-species of A. leucophthalmus and this was the case when we saw this bird in Sergipe. I thought that I detected a tinge of yellow in the throat which would indicate A. l. lammi. Fortunately Jeremy Minns has recordings of this bird from Santa Luzia do Itanhi, a definite A. l. lammi from Murici, Alagoas, and a definite A. l. leucophthalmus from Boa Nova, Bahia. As HBW states: "Race lammi song slower and more grating"
It feeds on beetles and insects which it gleans from dead leaves and viny thickets and it is usually found as part of a mixed flock.
It builds its nest in a chamber at the end of a horizontal tunnel which it excavates itself in an earth bank.
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