Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Chinchipe Spinetail (Synallaxis chinchipensis)


French: Synallaxe du Chinchipe German: Fleckenbrust-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Piují del Chinchipe

Synallaxis stictothorax chinchipensis


, 1925,

Perico, Río Chinchipe, Peru


Hitherto treated as conspecific with S. stictothorax (which see) and with unnamed species of Synallaxis from coastal S Peru, but differs from latter in characters given under S. stictothorax. Differs from S. stictothorax (with maculata) in its much longer bill (effect size 3.93, score 2); much longer tail (effect size 4.66, score 2); more spot-like streaks on breast and flanks, but much reduced on breast (1); rusty-buff vs white malar patch (2); rufous-brown v. buffy-tan lower flanks, and this colour much less prominent, producing much whiter underparts (2); and song with central passage consisting of a single vs 2–3 long notes (3) and longer pause before it (2)#R. Monotypic.

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NW Peru (middle R Marañón and R Chinchipe drainages in Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

11–13 cm. Very small, within its range highly distinctive Synallaxis; compared to previously conspecific but allopatric S. stictothorax adult has much... read more


Song, usually given as a duet, is a rising trill followed by a loud squeak and finally a stuttered... read more


Arid lowland scrub, also deciduous woodland edge; mainly at 400–600 m.

Food and feeding

Arthropods and their larvae. Usually forages in pairs, often with mixed-species flocks. Gleans items from moss, dead leaves and small... read more


Nothing recorded.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Marañón Valley EBA. Fairly common within rather small range, estimated at 19,000 km². Tolerates... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Chinchipe Spinetail (Synallaxis chinchipensis). 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 25 February 2020).