Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Roraiman Barbtail (Roraimia adusta)


French: Pseudosittine du Roraima German: Tepuistachelschwanz Spanish: Subepalo del Roraima

Synallaxis adusta

Salvin and Godman

, 1884,

Mount Roraima, 6000 feet [c. 1830 m], Bolívar, Venezuela


Was at one time mistakenly considered to be a race of Synallaxis cinnamomea. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. a. obscurodorsalis Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1948 – Cerro Paraque, in SE Venezuela (extreme NW Amazonas).
  • R. a. duidae Chapman, 1939 – tepuis of S Venezuela in C & S Amazonas (Mt Duida, Cerro Huachamacari, Serranía Parú).
  • R. a. mayri Phelps, Jr, 1977 – Cerro Jaua (S Bolívar).
  • R. a. adusta (Salvin & Godman, 1884) – SE Venezuela (Mt Roraima and associated tepuis in SE Bolívar), N Brazil (Mt Roraima) and W Guyana (Mt Tewk-quay).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 14–20 g. Strikingly patterned furnariid that is morphologically similar to a Margarornis treerunner. Has broad, conspicuous bright chestnut... read more


    Song 7–8 clear notes that ascend rapidly, “tee-tee-tee-teuu-teuu-tuutuu”.


    Montane evergreen forest and elfin forest, often stunted, mossy and epiphyte-laden; also mossy... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Forages usually singly or in pairs, and regularly in mixed-species flocks, in undergrowth. Hitches and creeps up trunks and... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tepuis EBA. Generally uncommon; possibly more common on Mt Roraima. Rather difficult to detect; possibly... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Roraiman Barbtail (Roraimia adusta). 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 January 2020).