Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Line-cheeked Spinetail (Cranioleuca antisiensis)


French: Synallaxe grimpeur German: Olivrücken-Baumschlüpfer Spanish: Curutié cariestriado

Synallaxis antisiensis

P. L. Sclater

, 1859,

Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador


See C. baroni. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. antisiensis (P. L. Sclater, 1859) – Andes of SW Ecuador (N Azuay, El Oro, Loja).
  • C. a. palamblae (Chapman, 1923) – Andes of N Peru (S Tumbes#R, Piura and Cajamarca S to Lima).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 14–19 g. Rather typical Cranioleuca without distinctive features. Nominate race has whitish supercilium, broad dark brown postocular stripe;... read more


    Song a loud, descending and fading series of sharp notes, lasting 1–1·5 seconds,... read more


    Montane evergreen forest; humid to semi-humid montane forest and second growth, also hedgerows in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Forages singly, in pairs, or in small groups, regularly with mixed-species flocks, from canopy to mid-storey. Hitches along... read more


    Fledglings in Aug in Ecuador. Presumably monogamous. Nest a globular mass of mainly moss, suspended from a branch. No further information. read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common. Tolerates moderate anthropogenic habitat disturbance.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Line-cheeked Spinetail (Cranioleuca antisiensis). 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).