Santa Marta Foliage-gleaner Automolus rufipectus has been split from A. rubiginosus following SACC (2009). It is restricted to the Santa Marta Mountains of northern Colombia, where it occurs in closed canopy primary subtropical forest, which is extremely fragmented and predominantly cleared for agriculture.
The species has been found in forest and thick second growth with dense undergrowth between 1,200-1,800 m, where it is fond of dark tangles and ravines (Krabbe 2008). It was widespread but uncommon on the San Lorenzo ridge occurring wherever there was suitable habitat but not considered common anywhere. All records are from the north-western and northern slopes of the Santa Marta Mountains, however there has been little ornithological exploration of remaining habitat in the southern slopes. Only a small part of its range is currently effectively protected (the El Dorado reserve).
Given its apparent tolerance of disturbed habitats the species may be best classified as Near Threatened or perhaps Vulnerable. Comments on the classification and further information on this species are welcome.
Krabbe, N. 2008. Vocal evidence for restitution of species rank to a Santa Marta endemic: Automolus rufipectus Bangs (Furnariidae), with comments on its generic affinities. Bulletin British Ornithologists’ Club 128: 219-227.