Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Pallid Spinetail (Cranioleuca pallida)


French: Synallaxe pâle German: Minas-Gerais-Baumschlüpfer Spanish: Curutié pálido

Synallaxis pallidus


, 1831,

Campos Geraës = southern Minas Gerais, Brazil


Sister to C. pyrrhophia (see below). Monotypic.


SE Brazil from S Goiás, C Minas Gerais and SE Bahia S to E Paraná.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 11–12 g. A Cranioleuca with colour pattern superficially like that of Synallaxis. Has prominent whitish supercilium, blackish spot in... read more


Song an accelerating series of clear whistled “psi” terminating in rolled “... read more


Montane evergreen forest; also woodland, and tall second growth; 700–2150 m.

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages most often in pairs, usually in mixed-species flocks, from mid-storey up to canopy. Hitches along small branches, often... read more


Season presumed to be during austral spring-summer. Presumably monogamous. Nest a globular mass of mainly lichen and moss, entrance towards... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common. Fairly common in Itatiaia National Park and uncommon in Augusto Ruschi Biological Reserve; occurs also in... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Pallid Spinetail (Cranioleuca pallida). 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).