Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Cinereous-breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis hypospodia)


French: Synallaxe cendré German: Graubrust-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí cenizo

Synallaxis hypospodia

P. L. Sclater

, 1874,

near Bahia, Brazil


In past, considered a race of S. spixi, but genetic data#R show them to be sisters. Named taxon jaraguana (Goiás, in E Brazil), described as a race of S. brachyura, was based on misidentified specimens of present species. Monotypic.


Peru (locally in Cajamarca#R, San Martín, Ucayali#R, Cuzco, Madre de Dios), N & E Bolivia (NW La Paz, Beni, N Santa Cruz) and SC & E Brazil (locally in S Amazonia from Amazonas E to R Tapajós, and Mato Grosso E to Ceará, Alagoas, N Bahia and W Minas Gerais).

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 15–18 g. Typical Synallaxis with contrasting crown and wings, dark throat patch. Has dark grey-brown forecrown, grey-brown face with hint of... read more


Most frequent vocalization a hurried and loud chatter on same pitch, “chéw, chew-chee-... read more


Low, seasonally wet grassland, and second-growth scrub; in open areas with mix of low shrubs and... 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.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common to fairly common; relatively poorly known. Somewhat fragmented distribution, with isolated populations in S Peru; specimens reported... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Cinereous-breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis hypospodia). 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 23 January 2020).