Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Spinetail (Synallaxis castanea)


French: Synallaxe de Vaurie German: Mirandadickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí gorjinegro

Synallaxis castanea

P. L. Sclater

, 1856,

near Caracas, Venezuela


Sister to S. unirufa (which see). Monotypic.


Coastal Range of N Venezuela from Aragua E to Miranda (E to Caracas area).

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm. Relatively large and uniformly bright Synallaxis. Plumage is almost wholly bright rufescent, chin paler, but throat solidly black; tail long,... read more


Song a rapid “ke-che-che-che-che-che” followed immediately by louder “ker-ch... read more


Montane evergreen forest, secondary forest; undergrowth and edge of cloudforest and second growth;... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Usually seen in pairs. Presumably gleans arthropods from foliage and small branches within 1–2 m of ground.


Season Apr–Jul. No further information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cordillera de la Costa Central EBA. Fairly common, but has very small range. Occurs in Henri Pittier and Macarao... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Black-throated Spinetail (Synallaxis castanea). 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 10 December 2019).