Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura pileata)


Taxonomy

French: Synallaxe couronné German: Rostkappen-Meisenschlüpfer Spanish: Tijeral coronado
Taxonomy:

Leptasthenura pileata

P. L. Sclater

, 1881,

western slope of the coastal cordillera above Lima, 8000 feet [c. 2440 m], Peru

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See L. xenothorax. Taxon cajabambae has been considered a race of L. striata, and also speculated as meriting species rank; although it has similar crown-streaking to that of L. striata, however, it has the buzzy chatter (vs twittering trill) that places it firmly with present species#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. p. cajabambae Chapman, 1921 – Streak-crowned Tit-spinetail – N & C Peru (Cajamarca S to Ancash, and dry interior slopes of E Andes S to Junín).
  • L. p. pileata P. L. Sclater, 1881 – Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail – WC Peru (Chillón and Rimac Valleys, in Lima).
  • L. p. latistriata Koepcke, 1965 – SC Peru (W Huancavelica, Ayacucho, N Arequipa).
  • Descriptive notes

    17–18 cm; 9–13 g. Typical tit-spinetail. Nominate race has thin pale supercilium narrowly bordered black above, face streaked blackish and whitish; crown fairly... read more

    Voice

    Song a slightly accelerating trill that increases in volume, 2 seconds long, repeated at intervals... read more

    Habitat

    Arid montane scrub; riparian thickets and woodland edge; more humid montane scrub, Alnus... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Foraging sociality undescribed, probably in pairs. Forages from understorey up to canopy. Gleans food items from foliage and... read more

    Breeding

    No information.

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian High Andes EBA. Fairly common in most of its range. Relatively poorly known species.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura pileata). 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/56408 on 18 August 2019).