Cryptic Treehunter
Image 2308 2e-Cryptic-Treehunter
An artist's illustration of the cryptic treehunter
Range Brazil
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Furnariidae
Genus Cichlocolaptes
Species Cichlocolaptes mazarbarnetti
Conservation Status
Critically Endangered

The Cryptic treehunter (Cichlocolaptes mazarbarnetti), is a species of ovenbird 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.

Distribution and Habitat

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.


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.

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