Tawny-throated Leaftosser (Sclerurus mexicanus)

Tawny-throated Leaftosser

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Furnariidae | [latin] Sclerurus mexicanus | [UK] Tawny-throated Leaftosser | [FR] Sclerure du Mexique | [DE] Rostkehl-Laubwender | [ES] Tirahojas Mexicano | [NL] Bruinkeelbladkrabber


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Sclerurus mexicanus LA s Mexico through Amazonia, e Brazil
Sclerurus mexicanus andinus
Sclerurus mexicanus bahiae
Sclerurus mexicanus macconnelli
Sclerurus mexicanus mexicanus
Sclerurus mexicanus obscurior
Sclerurus mexicanus peruvianus
Sclerurus mexicanus pullus

Physical charateristics

Upperparts dark brown, rump and upper tail coverts chestnut, tail black. Chin and throat rust-brown, sides of throat and breast rufous brown. Remaining underparts dull brown. Bill is long and slender (longest in this family); legs are black. The sexes are alike.

Listen to the sound of Tawny-throated Leaftosser

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Latin America : South Mexico through Amazonia, East Brazil


Prefers subtropical or tropical lowland and montane evergreen forests.


Nest is loose cup made out of dry twigs at the end of a tunnel in a dirt bank. These monogamous birds probably excavate the tunnel themselves and have a clutch of 2 eggs. No further data.

Feeding habits

Diet consists of invertebrates, caught by leaf tossing on ground mostly alone or sometimes in pairs.. Forages by hipping (not walking) on ground and exposing prey using its bill to flake and toss ground material like rotten logs and leaf litter.


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is very large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Tawny-throated Leaftosser status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Tawny-throated Leaftosser distribution range map

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