Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Red-and-white Spinetail (Certhiaxis mustelinus)


Taxonomy

French: Synallaxe belette German: Weißbauch-Riedschlüpfer Spanish: Curutié rojiblanco
Taxonomy:

Synallaxis mustelina

P. L. Sclater

, 1874,

Rio Madeira, below the mouth of the Rio dos Marmelos, Amazonas, Brazil

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Proposed race frenatus (E Brazil) is not diagnosable. Monotypic.

Distribution:

R Amazon and some major tributaries in NE Peru (S along R Ucayali), extreme SE Colombia (SE Amazonas) and Brazil (E to extreme E Pará, including lower R Juruá and lower R Purus, and S along R Madeira to near Bolivian border).

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 14–16 g. Has black lores, dusky brown eyeline; reddish-brown face, crown and upperparts, slightly paler on back, rump paler rufescent brown; wings... read more

Voice

Song a short trill, rising and then falling, “tch-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t”; call “chuk-cheh” or “... read more

Habitat

Freshwater marshes; primarily marshy sections of old river islands with mix of bushes, grass and... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs; gleans items from small branches and foliage, usually within 1 m of ground.

Breeding

Presumably monogamous. Nest a ball c. 40–50 cm in diameter, of thorny sticks, placed in low vegetation over water. No further... read more

Movements

Probably resident; may potentially have to evacuate some river islands during high-water season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon. Owing to linear nature of habitat, global population almost certainly rather small. Occurs in Amacayacu National Park, in Colombia.

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2018). Red-and-white Spinetail (Certhiaxis mustelinus). 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/56483 on 12 November 2018).