Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Double-banded Greytail (Xenerpestes minlosi)


French: Queue-grise des feuilles German: Flügelbindenschlüpfer Spanish: Colagrís norteño

Xenerpestes minlosi


, 1886,

near Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia


Phylogenetic analysis#R indicates that this species is sister to X. singularis, the two differing in elevational distribution. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • X. m. umbraticus Wetmore, 1951 – E Panama (Darién), W Colombia (Caribbean lowlands E to R Sinú, and Pacific lowlands) and NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas, NW Pichincha).
  • X. m. minlosi Berlepsch, 1886 – Caribbean lowlands of Colombia E to middle Magdalena Valley (NW Santander, W Boyacá).
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm. Tiny, warbler-like furnariid. Has creamy white supercilium, olive-buff lores, dark grey line behind eye, greyish rest of face; crown blackish, blending to... read more


    Song a long, dry, extremely rapid chattering trill on same pitch, increasing in volume, lasts 3... read more


    Hilly tropical evergreen forest, also tall second growth; recorded from near sea-level to 900 m.

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Usually in pairs or small groups, sometimes in mixed-species flocks. Forages from mid-storey to canopy, especially in dense... read more


    No information. A large stick nest with side entrance, found in E Panama, may have been of this species.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Status not well known; considered rare to locally uncommon, but this may be in part a reflection of the difficulty in detecting this species.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Double-banded Greytail (Xenerpestes minlosi). 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 29 January 2020).