Ash-browed Spinetail (Cranioleuca curtata)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Furnariidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Manu Road, Cuzco

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Baeza, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Tabacal, Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Eastern Andes of Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~15 cm (6 in). The Ash-browed Spinetail has rufous wings, tail, and crown. The mantle and underparts are rufous-brown. It has a grayish superciliary from the eye. It forages in the midstory and sub-canopy of humind montane forests where it often probes in moss and bromeliads. It is generally associated with mixed species flocks. The plumage pattern is similar to that of the Azara’s Spinetail but is distinguished by a shorter tail, rufous-brown mantle, and underparts, and by foraging in the midstory and sub-canopy.

Status: The Ash-browed Spinetail is uncommon in montane forests of the east slope of the Andes at elevations ranging between 800-2000 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Cola-Espina de Ceja Ceniza.

Sub-species: Ash-browed Spinetail (Cranioleuca curtata cisandina), Taczanowski, 1882.  E Andes of S Colombia (S from W Caquetá), E Ecuador and N Peru (S at least to Pasco).
(Cranioleuca curtata debilis), (Berlepsch and Stolzmann), 1906.  Andes from C Peru (S from Ayacucho and Cuzco) S to C Bolivia (S to W Santa Cruz).

Meaning of Name: Cranioleuca: Gr. kranion= skull, head and leukos= white. curtata: L. curtus= short, curtatus= shortened, abbreviated.

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Distribution Mapash-browed spinetail



    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2017.