Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Near Threatened

Orinoco Spinetail (Synallaxis beverlyae)


French: Synallaxe de Beverly German: Orinocodickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí del Orinoco

Synallaxis beverlyae

Hilty and Ascanio

, 2009,

small unnamed river island west of a larger island known locally as “Isla Garcita” (5°29’39” N, 67°37’29” W) in Río Orinoco, and c. 22 km south of Puerto Ayacucho, Venezuela


Probably most closely related to S. albigularis, S. spixi and S. hypospodia, but inhabits more narrowly defined habitat; syntopic with S. albescens. Monotypic.


Along main channel of R Orinoco; records so far in delta area in Venezuela and in middle section of the river in both Venezuela and Colombia.

Descriptive notes

c. 13–16 cm; 11·5–14 g. A typical Synallaxis spinetail, having long, pointed, spine-tipped tail feathers. Has grey forehead and face with a... read more


Primary vocalization a series of 6–9 rapid but well-separated notes, first one accentuated (unlike... read more


Occupies well-defined habitat of scrubby vegetation (Salix, Tessaria) on river... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Behaviour much like that of most congeners. Furtive, and generally keeps within tangled vegetation, foraging from... read more


No information.


Probably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Orinoco-Negro white-sand forest EBA. Known from a handful of localities,... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Orinoco Spinetail (Synallaxis beverlyae). 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 11 December 2019).