Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Pallid Tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura pallida)


Taxonomy

French: Synallaxe pâlot German: Hellbauch-Meisenschlüpfer Spanish: Tijeral colinegro sureño
Taxonomy:

Leptasthenura aegithaloides pallida

Dabbene

, 1920,

Puesto Burro, 700 m, near El Maitén, Chubut

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Hitherto treated as conspecific with L. aegithaloides and L. berlepschi, but differs from latter in characters given under that species and from former in its paler, sandy-grey vs greyish belly (1); pale streaks on upper mantle (1); possibly weaker rufous wingpanel (ns); shorter bill (effect size −1.08, score 1); longer tail (effect size 1.23, score 1); and notes of presumed song given at faster pace (2), resulting in higher ratio of note-length:pause-length (2), and with very different (overslurred vs very curled) note shape (ns[2])#R. Monotypic.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.
Distribution:

W & S Argentina (La Rioja, S La Pampa and SW Buenos Aires S to Santa Cruz) and S Chile (EC Aisén, NE Magallanes); S populations migrate N in winter to N & C Argentina (Catamarca, Tucumán, Buenos Aires).

Descriptive notes

15–18 cm. Typical tit-spinetail. Sexes alike. Compared to L. aegithaloides and L. berlepschi, both of which were formerly conspecific with the present... read more

Voice

Song a rollicking chatter, which is higher-pitched, quicker and more musical than L.... read more

Habitat

Arid scrub, monte woodland and scrub (e.g. Baccharis tola), at ecotone between forest and... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Usually forages in pairs or in small groups, possibly family parties; in single-species flocks of up to 40 individuals in non-... read more

Breeding

Season during austral spring-summer; Sept–Oct in S & E Argentina, and Dec in W; nestlings in Nov in S Argentina; fledglings in Feb–Mar... read more

Movements

S populations undertake post-breeding migration N to N & C Argentina, but seasonal movements... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common in much of its range. Occurs in Los Arrayanes, Lago Puelo, Laguna Blanca, Lanin, Lihué Calel, Los Glaciares, Nahuel... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Pallid Tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/1343655 on 18 August 2019).