Slaty Spinetail (Synallaxis brachyura)

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

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

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

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Bonita Farm, Colombia

Identification & Behavior: ~16.5 cm (6.4 in). The Slaty Spinetail is mostly slaty-gray with a bright rufous folded wing and crown. The tail is gray. The throat is grizzled and bordered below by variable amount of black. It forages in the understory of forest edges and thick second growth. The juvenile has a brown head and lacks the rufous crown. It is similar to the Blackish-headed Spinetail and the Azara’s Spinetail but is distinguished by having a mostly slaty-gray plumage, gray tail, and bright rufous crown.

Status: The Slaty Spinetail is uncommon in the semi-humid forest in extreme northwest Peru in Tumbes. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Cola-Espina Pizarroso.

Sub-species: Slaty Spinetail (Synallaxis brachyura griseonucha), Chapman, 1923.

Meaning of Name: Synallaxis: Gr. sunallaxeos, sunallaxis = exchange. brachyura: Gr. brakhus= short and ouros, oura = tailed, tail.

See more of the Family Furnariidae  peru aves

Distribution Mapslaty 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.