Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Plain-mantled Tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura aegithaloides)


Taxonomy

French: Synallaxe mésange German: Zimtspiegel-Meisenschlüpfer Spanish: Tijeral colinegro costeño
Taxonomy:

Synnalaxis [sic] Aegithaloïdes

Kittlitz

, 1830,

hills near Valparaíso, Chile

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Hitherto treated as conspecific with L. berlepschi and L. pallida (see both). DNA data#R indicate sister relationship of this group to L. andicola. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. a. grisescens Hellmayr, 1925 – coastal slope of S Peru (Arequipa S to Tacna) and N Chile (Tarapacá S to Atacama).
  • L. a. aegithaloides (Kittlitz, 1830) – C Chile (S Coquimbo S to N Aisén).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–18 cm; 7·5–11 g. Typical tit-spinetail. Nominate race has white supercilium, dark brownish face with whitish streaking, streaks continuing to neck and... read more

    Voice

    Song a high-pitched descending, broken trill lasting 2–5 seconds, with accentuated sharper... read more

    Habitat

    Arid lowland scrub and montane scrub, matorral, espinal, often on rocky slopes... 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 C Chile, Oct–Nov in N Chile; fledglings in Feb–Mar in Chile. Presumably... read more

    Movements

    Mostly resident, but partially migratory in S; considerable downslope movement and local dispersal... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common in much of its range; in matorral of NC Chile achieves mean densities of 1·49–1·69 birds/... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Plain-mantled Tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura aegithaloides). 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/56406 on 17 December 2018).