Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Parker's Spinetail (Cranioleuca vulpecula)


French: Synallaxe de Parker German: Flussbaumschlüpfer Spanish: Curutié de Parker

Synallaxis vulpecula

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1866,

Río Ucayali, Peru


Genetic data#R indicate that this species is sister to a group that includes C. berlepschi, C. vulpina (with dissita) and C. muelleri; formerly considered conspecific with C. vulpina (see below). Monotypic.


E Ecuador (R Napo), NE Peru (R Amazon, lower R Ucayali), SW Amazonian Brazil (R Amazon E locally to R Negro, also R Juruá, R Purus, upper R Madeira) and extreme NE Bolivia (lower R Beni in Pando and extreme N Beni#R).

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 17–21 g. Has dull buff supercilium, dark brownish lores and postocular stripe, vaguely flammulated auriculars; forecrown cinnamon-brown, blending to... read more


Song an accelerating and descending series of nasal “tew” notes that ends in chortling... read more


River-island scrub; early-successional scrub on young to medium-aged river islands, from ... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs, from undergrowth up to subcanopy. Gleans items from stems, bark crevices and holes on small... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common throughout range. Linear nature of habitat naturally makes global population rather small.

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Parker's Spinetail (Cranioleuca vulpecula). 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 16 December 2019).