Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Dark-breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis albigularis)


French: Synallaxe à gorge blanche German: Dunkelbrust-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí pechioscuro

Synallaxis albigularis

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

Río Napo, Ecuador


Genetic data#R suggest that this species is closest to a group consisting of S. albescens, S. frontalis, S. azarae and S. courseni. Sometimes considered perhaps to be sister-species of S. albescens, and previously regarded as conspecific; proposed race S. albescens pullata is actually a synonym of nominate race of present species. Larger birds with much darker underparts, found in Huallaga and Ucayali basins of Peru, appear to represent an undescribed race. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. a. rodolphei J. Bond, 1956 – S Colombia (Meta S to Putumayo) and NE Ecuador (Sucumbíos, N Napo).
  • S. a. albigularis P. L. Sclater, 1858 – E Ecuador (S from S Napo), SE Colombia (extreme S Amazonas), E Peru (Amazonas S to Madre de Dios), W Bolivia#R and W Brazil (E, mainly along R Amazon, to R Negro).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16 cm; 14–18 g. Typical Synallaxis with contrasting crown and wings, dark throat patch. Nominate race has dark brownish-grey forecrown, supercilium... read more


    Most frequent vocalization a hurried “chéép, du-du-du” or “wh... read more


    River-island scrub and second-growth scrub; middle-aged and young river islands with Gynerium... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Usually in pairs; gleans items from small branches and foliage within 1–2 m of ground, also from ground itself.


    Eggs in Jun–Jul in Colombia. Presumably monogamous. Nest a mass of sticks c. 40–50 cm long, tubular entrance, placed 1–2... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common within somewhat limited range. Occurs in a number of protected areas, including Cuyabeno Reserve, in Ecuador, and Manu National Park and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Dark-breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis albigularis). 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 7 December 2019).