Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Light-crowned Spinetail (Cranioleuca albiceps)


Taxonomy

French: Synallaxe à bandeaux German: Hellscheitel-Baumschlüpfer Spanish: Curutié coronado
Taxonomy:

Synallaxis albiceps

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1837,

Sicasica, La Paz, Bolivia

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Traditional sister relationship to C. marcapatae (including weskei) is supported by genetic data#R#R. Race discolor intergrades with nominate in Bolivia (Ayopaya, in Cochabamba). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. albiceps (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837) – Andes of extreme S Peru (S Puno) and N Bolivia (La Paz, W Cochabamba).
  • C. a. discolor J. T. Zimmer, 1935 – Andes of C Bolivia (Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 13–17 g. Dark Cranioleuca with striking pale crown. Nominate race has dark grey-brown supercilium bordered above by blackish line, this... read more

    Voice

    Song a descending series of 6–10 evenly spaced notes; call a long, excited trill.

    Habitat

    Montane evergreen forest, usually with Chusquea bamboo; 2200–3400 m.

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Normally forages in pairs, usually in mixed-species flocks. Forages mainly in mid-storey and at edge; mean foraging height in... read more

    Breeding

    Presumably monogamous. One nest, an oval clump of moss wrapped around and hanging down from end of Chusquea bamboo branch, live... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bolivian and Peruvian Upper Yungas EBA. Fairly common.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Light-crowned Spinetail (Cranioleuca albiceps). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56463 on 16 February 2019).