Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Great Spinetail (Synallaxis hypochondriaca)


French: Synallaxe à poitrine rayée German: Weißbrust-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Curutié grande

Siptornis hypochondriacus


, 1895,

Malca and Cajabamba, Cajamarca, Peru


Previously placed in monotypic genus Siptornopsis; recent genetic study#R, however, found sister relationship between present species and the pair S. zimmeri and S. stictothorax. Monotypic.


NC Peru in upper Marañón Valley (SE Cajamarca, extreme SW Amazonas, E La Libertad, N Ancash).

Descriptive notes

17–19 cm; 23–26 g. Large-billed, long-tailed spinetail. Broad white supercilium extends to side of forehead; lores and auriculars dark greyish, becoming brownish... read more


Song a loud, rapid burst of sputtering notes, decreasing in speed towards end, similar to that of... read more


Xerophytic thorny montane scrub with cacti, at lower elevations mixed with Bombax trees; 1650... read more

Food and feeding

Recorded diet items are Coleoptera. Usually in pairs. Gleans arthropods from dense foliage and small branches, usually within 1–2 m... read more


Builds large, enclosed stick nest, reminiscent of that of Phacellodomus thornbirds. No further information.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Marañón Valley EBA. Known from four main localities: around Balsas (Amazonas/Cajamarca), above Chagual (La... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Great Spinetail (Synallaxis hypochondriaca). 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).