Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Grey-bellied Spinetail (Synallaxis cinerascens)


French: Synallaxe grisin German: Graubauch-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí ceniciento

Synallaxis cinerascens


, 1823,

Ipanema, São Paulo, Brazil


Sister to S. scutata (which see). Monotypic.


SE Brazil (S from S Goiás, S Minas Gerais and S Espírito Santo), E Paraguay (E from Paraguarí), NE Argentina (Misiones, E Corrientes) and N Uruguay.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 10–14 g. Has grey-brown face with indistinct pale greyish supraloral spots, blackish lores, hint of grey postocular stripe; forehead dark greyish-brown... read more


Most frequent vocalization a shrill “wheeet-beeet”, “wheeet, bu-beeeyt” or... read more


Tropical lowland evergreen forest and montane evergreen forest; inhabits dense undergrowth of humid... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods; Orthoptera (Tettigoniidae) and Coleoptera recorded as taken. Forages usually in pairs, from ground to understorey. Prey items... read more


Season probably during austral spring-summer; nestlings in Nov. Presumably monogamous. Nest is a large mass 0·5–0·6 m... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common in most of range. In Brazil, uncommon in Serra da Canastra, Iguaçu and Aparados da Serra National Parks and rare in... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Grey-bellied Spinetail (Synallaxis cinerascens). 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).