Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Brown-capped Tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura fuliginiceps)


Taxonomy

French: Synallaxe à tête brune German: Braunkappen-Meisenschlüpfer Spanish: Tijeral canelo
Taxonomy:

Synallaxis fuliginiceps

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Sicasica, La Paz, Bolivia

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Validity of form paranensis requires confirmation by quantitative analysis of apparent plumage differences. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. f. fuliginiceps (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – Andes of Bolivia (S La Paz S to Potosí and Tarija).
  • L. f. paranensis P. L. Sclater, 1862 – NW & WC Argentina (Andes from Jujuy and Salta S to Mendoza, and mountains of Córdoba and San Luis).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16 cm; 9–13 g. Small, slender, short-billed, long-tailed, acrobatic furnariid. Has pale, dull buff supercilia meeting across forehead, rather plain brownish... read more

    Voice

    Song apparently not described; call a faint insect-like “pree” given every 1–2... read more

    Habitat

    Arid montane scrub, semi-humid/humid montane scrub, Polylepis woodland; semi-­humid... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods; recorded diet items include Coleoptera eggs. Usually in pairs or small flocks; regularly in mixed-species flocks. Forages from... read more

    Breeding

    Season during austral spring-summer; eggs in Feb in S Peru and NW Argentina; nestlings in Jan–Feb and Apr and fledglings in Feb and... read more

    Movements

    Mainly resident; some post-breeding downslope movement by S populations (paranensis).

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to common throughout range. Not well known.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Brown-capped Tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura fuliginiceps). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56403 on 21 August 2019).