Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Mouse-colored Thistletail (Asthenes griseomurina)


French: Synallaxe souris German: Olivrückencanastero Spanish: Piscuiz ratón

Synallaxis griseo-murina

P. L. Sclater

, 1882,

San Lucas, Loja, Ecuador


See A. harterti. Almost certainly paraphyletic with regard to A. fuliginosa (which see). Monotypic.


Andes of S Ecuador (S from Azuay and S Morona-Santiago) and N Peru (Piura, N Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

18–20 cm; 16–20 g. Relatively dark thistletail. Has brownish face with conspicuous white eyering, pale line behind eye; crown and entire upperparts, including... read more


Song described as ascending series of “sweeéé” notes accelerating into... read more


Páramo grassland; inhabits dense undergrowth in timber-line ecotone, edge of humid... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs, rarely in mixed-species flocks. Gleans food items from foliage and small branches in understorey,... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Andean Páramo EBA. Fairly common to uncommon in suitable habitat. Total population rather small owing to... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Mouse-colored Thistletail (Asthenes griseomurina). 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 5 December 2019).