Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Near Threatened

Long-tailed Cinclodes (Cinclodes pabsti)


French: Cinclode à longue queue German: Langschwanz-Uferwipper Spanish: Remolinera colilarga

Cinclodes pabsti


, 1969,

between Tainhas and Taimbézinho, 16 km north-east of Tainhas along road to Cambaré, c. 1000 m, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil


Basal in genus, and not particularly close to any congener#R#R; plumage similarities and biogeography suggest closest relationship is with C. fuscus. Race espinhacensis described as a full species#R, but differs very little genetically#R, morphologically (darker in plumage; score 2) and vocally (two minor differences; score 2). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. p. espinhacensis Freitas et al., 2012 – Cipo Cinclodes – Serra do Espinhaço Meridional from Serra do Abreu (Congonhas do Norte) to Serra da Pedra Redonda (Jaboticatubas), in Minas Gerais, EC Brazil.
  • C. p. pabsti Sick, 1969 – Long-tailed Cinclodes – extreme SE Brazil (SE Santa Catarina, NE Rio Grande do Sul).
  • Descriptive notes

    21–22 cm; 49–55 g (nominate), 43–48·2 g (espinhacensis). Large cinclodes with fairly long, straight bill, relatively long tail. Has long and... read more


    Song of nominate a prolonged trill, increasing in volume towards end, given from perch or in flight... read more


    Nominate race inhabits southern temperate grassland, also pastures and agricultural land; open... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods and presumably other invertebrates, gleaned from ground, grass, and water’s edge. Forages singly or in pairs. Gleans prey... read more


    Breeds during austral spring–summer; nestlings in Sept and Nov–Dec. Presumably monogamous. Nest a platform of grass and... read more


    Resident. A bird (espinhacensis) near Alto do Palácio lodge (with no known population of... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Nominate race is present in Atlantic Forest Mountains EBA and espinhacensis is confined to Central... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Long-tailed Cinclodes (Cinclodes pabsti). 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).