Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Delta Amacuro Softtail (Thripophaga amacurensis)


French: Synallaxe du Delta Amacuro German: Orinococanastero Spanish: Colasuave del Amacuro

Thripophaga amacurensis

Hilty et al.

, 2013,

along Caño Acoima (08°29’ N, 61°29’ W), elevation 35 m, Delta Amacuro, Venezuela


Some plumage features and general morphology indicate that this recently described species#R is most similar to T. cherriei and T. macroura, which are therefore thought probably its closest allies. Monotypic.


S portion of delta of R Orinoco, in N Venezuela.

Descriptive notes

c. 17 cm; 26–30 g. Male has pale olive-buff feathers with dark grey tips on lores, rest of head dark dull brownish-olive, each feather with a contrasting yellow-buff... read more


Distinctive song, usually in form of duet, is a long chattery rattle consisting of short, loud... read more


Occurs in relatively mature floodplain forest of moderate height (c. 20–25 m), near or... read more

Food and feeding

No details on food. Food collected using simple pecking movements. Rummages in piles of debris in forks of branches or in tangles of... read more


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Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Currently known from only four sites, clustered in S portion of the Orinoco Delta, with three located on the S side of the Brazo Imataca, and the fourth on an... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Delta Amacuro Softtail (Thripophaga amacurensis). 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 28 January 2020).