Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Freckle-breasted Thornbird (Phacellodomus striaticollis)


French: Synallaxe rousselé German: Fleckenbrust-Bündelnister Spanish: Espinero pechirrayado

Anumbius striaticollis

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1838,

Buenos Aires, Argentina


Phylogenetic study#R found this species to be sister to P. ruber. Until recently considered conspecific with P. maculipectus. Monotypic.


NE Argentina (E Formosa S to E Córdoba and N Buenos Aires), SE Brazil (S from E Paraná) and Uruguay.

Descriptive notes

16–20 cm; 24·5–26·5 g. Medium-sized thornbird with breast markings. Vague light brownish supercilium extending to supraloral area, narrow dark brown... read more


Song starts with one to several ascending low notes, sometimes hesitating, followed by 3–4... read more


Inhabits riparian thickets, gallery forest, arid lowland scrub, and marsh borders, almost always... read more

Food and feeding

Recorded food items are Coleoptera (of families Curculionidae, Elateridae, Chrysomelidae, Tenebrionidae), shield-bugs (Pentatomidae),... read more


Season during austral spring/summer; eggs in Aug–Jan and nestlings from Sept to early Feb. Perhaps double-brooded. Monogamous. Nest,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common. Present in several protected areas, e.g. Esteros del Iberá National Park, Ingeniero Otamendi Nature... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Freckle-breasted Thornbird (Phacellodomus striaticollis). 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 9 December 2019).