Cryptic treehunter

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Cryptic treehunter

Critically endangered, possibly extinct (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Furnariidae
Genus: Cichlocolaptes
C. mazarbarnetti
Binomial name
Cichlocolaptes mazarbarnetti
Mazar Barnett & Buzzetti, 2014

The cryptic treehunter (Cichlocolaptes mazarbarnetti) is a species of bird in the Furnariidae family. It is endemic to Brazil.


The species was described from a specimen that formerly had been identified as an Alagoas foliage-gleaner. Its taxonomic status is still controversial.[2][3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The species has only been recorded from two sites with humid forest habitat in north-east Brazil, Murici in Alagoas and Frei Caneca in Pernambuco.[1]


Although formally described in 2014, the cryptic treehunter was last seen in the wild in 2007. Total population is assumed to be very low, possibly below 50 individuals. The species is currently provisionally classified by the IUCN as Critically Endangered, but may already be extinct.[1] A 2018 study citing bird extinction patterns and the lack of any confirmed sightings since 2007 recommended classifying the species extinct.[4]


  1. ^ a b c BirdLife International (2017). "Cichlocolaptes mazarbarnetti". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T103671170A118544934. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T103671170A118544934.en. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  2. ^ Natali Anderson (30 November 2014). "New Bird Species Discovered in Brazil: Cryptic Treehunter | Biology |". Breaking Science News | Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  3. ^ Claramunt, Santiago (2014). "Morphometric insights into the existence of a new species of Cichlocolpates in northeastern Brazil". Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia. 22 (2): 95–101.
  4. ^ Butchart, Stuart H.M.; Lowe, Stephen; Martin, Rob W.; Symes, Andy; Westrip, James R.S.; Wheatley, Hannah (2018-11-01). "Which bird species have gone extinct? A novel quantitative classification approach". Biological Conservation. 227: 9–18. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2018.08.014. ISSN 0006-3207.