Birda Logo
Features
Birda+
About
Species Guide
Challenges
Shop
loading...

Eastern Woodhaunter

Automolus subulatus

The Eastern Woodhaunter, known scientifically as Automolus subulatus, is a bird of considerable intrigue within the Furnariidae family. This species, also referred to as the Amazonian Woodhaunter, is a fairly large member of its genus, boasting a robust stature with a short, heavy bill. It is adorned with a plumage that is a harmonious blend of brownish hues with golden-buff streaks, and a chestnut rump that adds a splash of color to its otherwise earthy tones.

Identification Tips

Adult Eastern Woodhaunters have a dark brownish face with golden-buff streaks, a pale eyering, and a stripe behind the eye. Their crown extends into golden-buff streaks that widen towards the upper back. The wings are rufescent brown, and the tail is chestnut. The underparts transition from a light buff brown with faint streaks on the chin to a rich tawny brown belly. Juveniles are similar but have less distinct streaking and slightly paler underparts.

Habitat

The Eastern Woodhaunter is a denizen of tropical evergreen forests, including both várzea and terra firme, and can also be found in older secondary forests. It thrives primarily in the understory to middle levels of these lush habitats.

Distribution

This species is distributed across a range of South American countries, including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. It is typically found at elevations below 1,100 meters but can be found up to 1,700 meters in certain regions like Ecuador.

Behaviour

The Eastern Woodhaunter is a year-round resident within its range, known for its solitary foraging habits, often joining mixed-species feeding flocks. It is an adept forager, gleaning and probing among dead leaves and other vegetation for its prey.

Song & Calls

The vocal repertoire of the Eastern Woodhaunter is most prominent at dawn and dusk. Its song consists of loud downslurred whistles followed by a softer rattle. Calls are strident and emphatic, often repeated many times, serving as a distinctive auditory marker of its presence.

Breeding

The breeding season of the Eastern Woodhaunter is not fully defined but includes at least from August to November. It constructs a tunnel nest in earthen banks, where it lays clutches of two eggs. Both parents are involved in incubation and provisioning for the nestlings.

Similar Species

The Eastern Woodhaunter can be confused with other Automolus species, but its distinctive vocalizations and plumage patterns can aid in differentiation.

Diet and Feeding

While the specifics of its diet are not well-documented, it is known to consume arthropods and small vertebrates. Its foraging technique involves searching along large branches and vines, where it actively probes for prey.

Conservation status

The IUCN has classified the Eastern Woodhaunter as Least Concern. Despite its extensive range, the population size is unknown and suspected to be decreasing. Deforestation poses a potential threat to its habitat, although it is found in several protected areas.

App logo
Birda is a birdwatching app and community aimed at curious people who want to deepen their connection with nature.

Eastern Woodhaunters on Birda

Sightings
A map showing the sighting location
Profile picture for Ben Gloag
Ben Gloag
27 Mar 2024 - 12:03am
Peru

More Ovenbirds

A photo of a Austral Canastero (Asthenes anthoides)

Austral Canastero

Asthenes anthoides
Birda Logo

Your birdwatching journey like never before

Connect with nature in minutes
Take a walk, look out of the window and log the birds that you see. Feel good about those little connections to nature.
Discover the joy of birding
Find new birding spots, see more birds, share and celebrate with a like-minded community of nature lovers.
Play your part in saving nature
Logging your birding sightings and sessions turns into positive action for our planet. Every sighting counts.

Birda Blog

What Our Birders Say
Pdydhdrexgi
Fantastic App
This is a really lovely app, for everyone interested in birds - from newbies to old hands. There is a very friendly feel to the community and you will genuinely learn a lot as you record your sightings and photos. There are lots of badges and competitions to keep you engaged, and a host of really useful features.
Viperray5
Loving it
I really enjoy being able to interact with other birders on this platform! This seems like a great way to meet other birders and find some new spots.
Emma L
App got me interested in birding!
Super friendly community <3 This app got me interested in birding! It teaches me cool stuff and its super friendly, and fun :) The species guide is really developing my knowledge, and i love seeing cool new birds from round the world!
Robred 2
Fun way to add to your birdwatching experience
I enjoy watching birds in my backyard, but this app helped me really pay attention while on vacation this summer. It was fun to add new birds to my bird watching app.
Amylia S
Best app for any birding person!
I love this app!! I am so addicted to it when I saw it had 3 star review I was so sad! The app is awesome!! The best app for any birding person! ❤️
Stewart W
Fantastic to be involved
Fantastic to be involved, great for mental health and gets you responding with the Challenges that are to takd part in.
JCBirding
Just what birding needs
We need more fun in birding, for years it has had a reputation for being up tight and stuffy and only perused by retirees and anoraks. Birda helps change that perception and firmly brings birding into the 21st century! Fun, interactive while still contributing to science and conservation. If you aren’t on it, why not??
Hip An
Fantastic
Really enjoying Birda where I live i have a lot of Red kites really hard to photograph but I can video are you planning some place on the app where us Birda can post vids🦉🦅
Patricia L
Very encouraging birding app
Easy to use, fun to see progress and encouraging to receive feedback from other users.
Trevarthen1
Birda fan
I really enjoy using Birda, all sightings are recorded and photos can be added. There are monthly challenges which help to get you out to record your sightings. The Birda community are great and are happy to help with unidentified bird sightings. Suitable for all ages and experience!
As featured in
Birda Logo
AboutPressAmbassadorsAffiliatesInfluencersCareersPrivacyTerms & Conditions
An app for birdwatchers
Connect with us
Copyright © 2024 Chirp Birding. All rights reserved.