Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Pinto's Spinetail (Synallaxis infuscata)


French: Synallaxe de Pinto German: Dunkelbauch-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí de Pinto

Synallaxis ruficapilla infuscata

O. M. O. Pinto

, 1950,

Usina Nossa Senhora do Carmo, Vitória de Santa Antão, eastern Pernambuco, Brazil


Thought to form a group with S. ruficapilla and S. cinerea; this group sometimes suggested as being most closely related to S. frontalis, S. azarae and S. courseni on basis of plumage and vocal similarities, although recent (but incomplete) phylogeny#R found evidence to suggest that S. moesta from E Andean foothills is more closely related to the group. Until relatively recently, present species was considered a race of S. ruficapilla, but vocal differences indicate that it merits species rank; some authors have proposed that it is more closely related to S. brachyura or S. hypospodia. Monotypic.


NE Brazil (E Paraíba, E Alagoas, E Pernambuco)#R.

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm; 16–20 g. Has reddish-chestnut forehead and crown, brownish-grey back, extensively rufous wings; tail strongly graduated, 10 rectrices stiff with sharply... read more


Song “reet, reet”, similar in quality to those of S. ruficapilla and S.... read more


Tropical lowland evergreen forest; woodland edge, scrubby forest, early second growth, commonly in... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs. Gleans prey items from foliage, dead leaves and small branches, within 1–2 m of ground.


Nest sited on tangle of branches or in fork of tree, amongst bromeliads, usually well covered by lianas; usually 1–5 m up,... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Slope of Alagoas and Pernambuco EBA. Occupies a tiny range of less than 80 km², within which it has been... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Pinto's Spinetail (Synallaxis infuscata). 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 12 December 2019).