Sharp-tailed streamcreeper

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Sharp-tailed streamcreeper
Lochmias nematura -Parque Estadual da Serra da Cantareira, Sao Paulo, Brazil-8.jpg
In São Paulo, Brazil
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Furnariidae
Subfamily: Furnariinae
Genus: Lochmias
Swainson, 1827
Species: L. nematura
Binomial name
Lochmias nematura
(Lichtenstein, 1823)
6 subspecies

The sharp-tailed streamcreeper (Lochmias nematura) is a passerine bird of South America belonging to the family Furnariidae, the ovenbirds. It is the only member of the genus Lochmias. The species is also known as the streamside streamcreeper.[2]


This bird is about 6 in (15 cm) long, with a short tail and a long, thin, slightly curved bill. The plumage is dark brown, densely spotted white on the underparts. There is a white stripe over the eye and the tail is blackish.

The first Guyana specimen, collected on July 24, 2004, had a smooth ovary measuring 4x3 mm, a bursa of Fabricius measuring 3x3 mm, and an unossified skull (as often seen in Furnarioidea even when adult).[3]

The song is an accelerating trill, lasting for about five seconds.


It inhabits dense undergrowth near streams, particularly in humid premontane and montane forest,[4] foraging on the ground for insects and other invertebrates.[5] It usually occurs alone or in pairs and is often shy and hard to see. The nest is ball-shaped with a side-entrance and is built on the ground.

Due to its extremely wide range, the sharp-tailed streamcreeper is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.[1][6]


There are six subspecies which differ little:

  • Lochmias nematura castanonotus - south-east Venezuela
  • Lochmias nematura chimantae - southern Venezuela
  • Lochmias nematura nelsoni - Panama (eastern Darién)
  • Lochmias nematura nematura - south-east Brazil, north-east Argentina, eastern Paraguay, northern Uruguay.
  • Lochmias nematura obscuratus - Peru, Bolivia
  • Lochmias nematura sororius - Colombia, Ecuador, northern Venezuela, north-east Peru

The species has long been suspected to have at least a temporary presence in Guyana. However, this was only proven recently, with sight records in the Pakaraima Mountains since 2002 and a specimen (LSUMZ 175389) taken in 2004. These birds probably belong to one of the Venezuelan populations, but it is not yet known to which.[3]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Lochmias nematura". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Remsem, (2003)
  3. ^ a b O'Shea et al. (2007)
  4. ^ Salaman et al. (2002)
  5. ^ de L. Fávaro et al. (2006)
  6. ^ BLI (2009)


  • de L. Fávaro, Fernando; dos Anjos, Luiz; Lopes, Edson V.; Mendonça, Luciana B. & Volpato, Graziele H. (2006): Efeito do gradiente altitudinal/latitudinal sobre espécies de aves florestais da família Furnariidae na Bacia do Rio Tibagi, Paraná, Brasil [Effect of altitudinal/latitudinal gradient about forest ovenbirds species (Aves: Furnariidae) in the Tibagi river basin, Paraná, Brazil]. [Portuguese with English abstract] Revista Brasileira de Zoologia 23(1): 261–266. doi:10.1590/S0101-81752006000100020 PDF fulltext
  • Remsen, V. (2003) Family Furnariidae (Ovenbirds). in del Hoyo J., Elliott A. & Christie D.A. (2003) Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 8. Broadbills to Tapaculos Lynx Edicions, Barcelona ISBN 84-87334-50-4
  • O'Shea, B.J.; Milensky, Christopher M.; Claramunt, Santiago; Schmidt, Brian K.; Gebhard, Christina A.; Schmitt, C. Gregory & Erskine, Kristine T. (2007): New records for Guyana, with description of the voice of Roraiman Nightjar Caprimulgus whitelyi. Bull. B.O.C. 127(2): 118-128. PDF fulltext
  • Salaman, Paul G.W.; Stiles, F. Gary; Bohórquez, Clara Isabel; Álvarez-R., Mauricio; Umaña, Ana María; Donegan, Thomas M. & Cuervo, Andrés M. (2002): New and noteworthy bird records from the east slope of the andes of Colombia. Caldasia 24(1): 157-189. PDF fulltext

Further reading[edit]

  • Meyer de Schauensee, Rodolphe & Phelps, William H. (1978): A Guide to the Birds of Venezuela. Princeton University Press.
  • Ridgely, Robert S. & Gwynne, John A. (1989) A Guide to the Birds of Panama with Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras. Princeton University Press.

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