Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Orinoco Softtail (Thripophaga cherriei)


French: Synallaxe de l’Orénoque German: Strichelkehlcanastero Spanish: Colasuave del Orinoco

Thripophaga cherriei

Berlepsch and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1902,

Río Capuana, Río Orinoco, Amazonas, Venezuela


Probably closest to T. amacurensis and T. macroura (which see). Monotypic.


SC Venezuela along Caño Capuana, Caño Guacharaca, Caño Grulla and nearby R Orinoco (NW Amazonas)#R.

Descriptive notes

15·5–17·5 cm. Has indistinct buff supercilium, rest of face brownish with pale buff streaks; forehead brown with short buff shaft streaks, crown medium brown, back... read more


Song a series of c. 30–40 staccato notes, beginning slowly, accelerating in pace to a... read more


Dense understorey along streams and in adjacent várzea forest, at 120 m.

Food and feeding

No information.


No information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Orinoco-Negro White-sand Forests EBA. Fairly common at its two known sites, Caño Capuana and Caño Grulla (right... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Orinoco Softtail (Thripophaga cherriei). 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 7 December 2019).