Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Des Murs's Wiretail (Sylviorthorhynchus desmurii)


French: Synallaxe de Des Murs German: Fadenschwanzschlüpfer Spanish: Tijeral colilargo

Sylviorthorhynchus Desmurii

[sic] Gay

, 1845,

humid forests in Province of Valdivia, particularly near Corral, Chile


Sister to S. yanacensis (which see). Species name often misspelt desmursii; author, date and spelling of both generic and specific names recently clarified#R. Monotypic.


C & S Chile from Valparaíso (Aconcagua) S to N Magallanes (Última Esperanza), including Chiloé I and other near-shore islands, and extreme W Argentina (Neuquén S to Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

21–23 cm; 9–11g. Small furnariid with preposterously long tail and relatively long, thin, straight bill. Has indistinct pale supercilium, bright orange-rufous... read more


A rhythmic, rolling series of repeated “jerr-jerr” notes lasting c. 1·5 seconds... read more


Southern temperate forest, secondary forest; cool, humid forest dominated by Nothofagus,... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Usually forages in pairs, from undergrowth to mid-storey. Gleans items from foliage and twigs.


Season during austral spring-summer; eggs in Nov and fledglings in Jan–Feb. Presumably monogamous. Nest a ball of dry grass, twiglets... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Status uncertain; appears reasonably common in most of range. Occurs in Puyehué, Nahuelbuta and Cerro La Campana National Parks, in Chile.... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Des Murs's Wiretail (Sylviorthorhynchus desmurii). 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 11 December 2019).