chinchipe spinetail

Chinchipe Spinetail (Synallaxis chinchipensis)

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

chinchipe spinetail
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Jaen, Cajamarca

chinchipe spinetail
Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc.Jaen, Cajamarca

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Chirinos, Cajamarca

chinchipe spinetail
Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc: Gotas de Agua, Cajamarca

Identification & Behavior: ~15 cm (6 in).  The Chinchipe Spinetail has olive-brown upperparts with pale or cinnamon superciliary. Adult birds have a cinnamon spot under the eye. The tail is long, mostly rufous with dusky on the central pair. The folded wing shows a rufous shoulder patch.  The throat is pure white. THe breast and belly are finely streaked with brown and white. Some birds show a spotted pattern rather than a streaked one. The Chinchipe Spinetail forages in the understory of scrub habitats, sparse dry and semi-deciduous woodlands in its limited range within the Marañon Drainage. The Chinchipe Spinetail’s range does not overlap with that of the larger and very similar Great Spinetail.

Status: The Chinchipe Spinetail was formerly considered a sub-species of Necklaced Spinetail. In 2021, it was elevated to the species level. It is fairly common but restricted to a small range in the middle portion of the Marañon Drainage, at elevations between 200 to 600 m. Endemic.

Name in Spanish: Cola-Espina de Chinchipe.

Sub-species: Chinchipe Spinetail (Synallaxis chinchipensis), Chapman, 1925.  NW Peru (Marañón Valley in Cajamarca).

Meaning of Name: Synallaxis: Gr. sunallaxeos, sunallaxis = exchange. chinchipensis: Native to or, coming from the Chinchipe region in Peru.

See more of the Family Furnariidae  peru aves

Distribution Mapchinchipe spinetail_map



    • Stopiglia, R., F. A. Bockmann, C. P. de Assis, and M. A. Raposo. 2020, Alpha taxonomy of Synallaxis stictothorax group (Aves: Passeriformes: Furnariidae): Synallaxis chinchipensis Chapman, 1925 as a valid species, with a lectotype designation. Vertebrate Zoology 70: 319-331.
    • 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.