Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Paria Barbtail (Premnoplex pariae)


French: Anabasitte de Paria German: Ockerkehl-Stachelschwanz Spanish: Subepalo de Paria

Premnoplex tatei pariae

Phelps, Sr and Phelps, Jr

, 1949,

Cerro Humo, Irapa, Paria Peninsula, Venezuela


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. tatei, but differs in its greater amount of white from breast to lower belly (2); shade darker (less rufous) brown on belly and flanks (1); probably longer bill (sample size too small but highly indicative; ns); song a continuously repeated short, rapid, almost rattled series of some 2–6 subdued mellow notes, “pu-dut...pu-du-du-dut...pu-du-dut...”, vs a continuously repeated double note (occasionally single or triple) usually with emphasis on second and with rather piping tone, “pee-peew!...pee-peew!”, thus at lower frequencies (2), with shorter notes (3), and in different, faster rhythm#R. Possible genetic differentiation requires further sampling#R. Monotypic.

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Cerros Humo, Olvido and Azul, in Paria Peninsula (N Sucre), NE Venezuela.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm. Compared to formerly conspecific P. tatei, described as having crown darker, throat nearly pure buff, underparts more dusky and darker brown, light... read more


Song is a continuously repeated short, rapid, almost rattled but variable series of 2–6 subdued... read more


Montane evergreen forest; wet, mossy forest, especially where dominated by small palms and Araceae... read more

Food and feeding

No differences known in diet and foraging behaviour compared to P. tatei. Most foraging conducted below 1 m above ground. Hops on... read more


Nothing known, but two adults observed with two apparent fledglings in second week of Jul.



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Caripe-Paria Region EBA. Known only from a small number of localities in extreme NE Venezuela, within an overall range of... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Paria Barbtail (Premnoplex pariae). 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 25 February 2020).