Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Marcapata Spinetail (Cranioleuca marcapatae)


French: Synallaxe de Marcapata German: Marcapata-Baumschlüpfer Spanish: Curutié de Marcapata

Cranioleuca marcapatae

J. T. Zimmer

, 1935,

Marcapata, 10,800 feet [c. 3290 m], Cuzco, south-eastern Peru


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. weskei (which see). These are sister to C. albiceps#R#R. Monotypic.


S Peru in Vilcanota and Carabaya Ranges (Cuzco).

Descriptive notes

14·5–16 cm; 19·1–22 g. One of the largest, heaviest and reddest Cranioleuca. Adult has whitish supercilium bordered above by blackish line... read more


Song a descending “skwa, ski-ski-ski-skee-skee, tuhtuhtuh”; another vocalization is a... read more


Humid montane forest and elfin forest, often in Chusquea bamboo; elevational range 2350–... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages singly, in pairs, or in family groups, often in mixed-species flocks with other furnariids, parulids and Plushcap (... read more


Fledglings in Dec, Apr and May; male in breeding condition in early Dec. Presumably monogamous. A nest presumed to be of this species was... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Bolivian and Peruvian Upper Yungas EBA. Generally uncommon. Has small range: Extent of Occurrence is 25,230 km²,... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr, Sharpe, C.J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Marcapata Spinetail (Cranioleuca marcapatae). 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 17 February 2020).