|Photo by Arthur Grosset (Tree of Life)|
scaly-throated leaftosser (en); vira-folhas-escamado (pt); sclérure écaillé (fr); tirahojas guatemalteco (es); fleckenbrust-laubwender (de)
These birds are found in Central America, from southern Mexico down to Panama.
They are 16-17 cm long and weigh 30-35 g.
The scaly-throated leaftosser is found in tropical and subtropical moist forests, both in the lowlands and in mountainous areas up to an altitude of 1.250 m.
They eat small invertebrates which they find among the leaf litter in the forest ground.
Scaly-throated leaftossers breed in May-December. The nest is a shallow cup made of the rachis of compound leaves, placed in a chamber at the end of a burrow, with a long entrance tunnel. It is generally located in a vertical cliff or clay wall, next to a stream or trail. There the female lays 2 white eggs which are incubated by both parents for 21 days. The chicks are fed by both parents and fledge 15 days after hatching.
IUCN status - LC (Least Concern)
This species has a relatively large breeding range and a global population estimated at 20.000-50.000 individuals. This population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction, but it is not considered threatened at present.