Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Near Threatened

Chestnut-throated Spinetail (Synallaxis cherriei)


French: Synallaxe à gorge marron German: Orangekehl-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí gorjicastaño

Synallaxis cherriei cherriei


, 1930,

Barão Melgaco, Rio Ji-Paraná, Mato Grosso, Brazil


Sister-species of S. rutilans. Originally named S. rufogularis, but that name was preoccupied; replacement name and race napoensis published simultaneously, but cherriei at higher rank, thus claiming priority. Race saturata often considered synonymous with napoensis, but distinguishable by paler overall plumage. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. c. napoensis Gyldenstolpe, 1930 – S Colombia (Putumayo) and E Ecuador (W Sucumbíos, Napo).
  • S. c. saturata Carriker, 1934 – locally in N & C Peru (Loreto, San Martín, Ayacucho, Cuzco, Madre de Dios); possibly this race in W Pando, Bolivia#R.
  • S. c. cherriei Gyldenstolpe, 1930 – C Amazonian Brazil (Rondônia, N Mato Grosso, S Pará from lower R Xingu E to Serra dos Carajás, and N Tocantins in Wanderlândia#R).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14 cm; 15–17 g. Male nominate race has forecrown, face and throat to breast deep rufous-chestnut, hindcrown to back chestnut with strong olive-brown wash (... read more


    Most frequent vocalization “prrrr-préét”, “trrr tuuít... read more


    Tropical lowland evergreen forest and secondary forest, often in treefall areas or short forest;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Recorded dietary items are Coleoptera, Diptera, Lepidoptera larvae, spiders. Usually forages in pairs, mostly within 1–3 m of ground... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Rare to occasionally fairly common, but has patchy distribution and everywhere very local; few known localities... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Chestnut-throated Spinetail (Synallaxis cherriei). 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 9 December 2019).