Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Near Threatened

Bahia Spinetail (Synallaxis cinerea)


French: Synallaxe du Bahia German: Bahiadickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí de Bahía

Synallaxis cinereus


, 1831,

“Capitao Filisberto road,” southern Bahia, Brazil


Thought to form a group with S. ruficapilla and S. infuscata. Scientific name long considered a junior synonym of S. ruficapilla#R, but recently shown to represent a separate species#R; there is some considerable debate as to whether this E Brazilian population should be known as S. whitneyi#R or S. cinerea#R, depending on personal interpretation of ICZN Code; most recent sources adopt cinerea as correct name, with whitneyi as a junior synonym. Monotypic.


E Brazil (S Bahia, NE Minas Gerais).

Descriptive notes

15–17 cm; 16–21 g. Has broad cinnamon-buff supercilium contrasting with brownish-grey lores and auriculars; crown and hindneck bright orange-rufous, forehead... read more


Song a double-noted “di-réét, di-réét”, constantly repeated... read more


Montane evergreen forest; in undergrowth of humid forest, especially dense areas of vines, ferns... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Three stomachs contained two species of flat-bug (Aradidae), three species of ant, five of Coleoptera (including Adephaga... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Previously listed as Endangered, then Vulnerable. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Bahia Spinetail (Synallaxis cinerea). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 15 December 2019).