Dusky Spinetail (Synallaxis moesta)

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

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

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

Identification & Behavior: ~16 cm (6.2 in). The Dusky Spinetail is mostly dusky-gray with a rufous folded wing, crown, and tail. The throat is blackish. It forages in the understory of forest edges and thick second growth of humid montane forests. The juvenile has a brown head and lacks the rufous crown. It is similar to the Azara’s Spinetail but is distinguished a darker plumage and shorter tail.

Status: The Dusky Spinetail is uncommon in the foothills of the northeastern Andes at elevations of up to 1300 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Cola-Espina Oscuro.

Sub-species: Dusky Spinetail (Synallaxis moesta brunneicaudalis), P. L. Sclater, 1858.

Meaning of Name: Synallaxis: Gr. sunallaxeos, sunallaxis = exchange. moesta: L. maerere= to mourn. Maestus= sad, sorrowful.

See more of the Family Furnariidae  peru aves

Distribution Mapdusky 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.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 03/01/2017.