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Bill Freedman, PhD

Class Aves Order Passeriformes Suborder Tyranni (Suboscines) Family Rhinocryptidae

Thumbnail description

Wren- to thrush-sized birds, terrestrial or skulking in dense undergrowth; bill straight, in some species elevated at base; tail short to medium and carried half-cocked; large feet; most species dull-colored


Number of genera, species

12 genera; 54 species


Undergrowth and ground of forest and scrub, often bamboo thickets; a few species prefer bunch grass, rocks, or tall grass

Conservation status

Critically Endangered: 2 species; Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 1 species; Near Threatened: 5 species

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