Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Rusty-headed Spinetail (Synallaxis fuscorufa)


French: Synallaxe des Santa Marta German: Rotkopf-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí de Santa Marta

Synallaxis fusco-rufa

P. L. Sclater

, 1882,

San Sebastián, 7000 feet [c. 2130 m], Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia


See S. unirufa. Monotypic.


Santa Marta Mts of N Colombia.

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm; 15–17 g. Plumage is bright reddish rufous, apart from dark loral area, dull greyish-olive back, olive flanks, concealed blackish bases of throat... read more


Most frequent vocalization a nasal “dit-dit-du” c. 1 second long, final note descending... read more


Edge of montane evergreen forest, overgrown clearings and second-growth scrub; mostly 2000–... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages usually in pairs. Gleans items from foliage and small branches within 1–2 m of ground.


No information other than birds with large gonads in Jan–Jun.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Santa Marta Mountains EBA. Fairly common to common, but has very small range. Has... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Rusty-headed Spinetail (Synallaxis fuscorufa). 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 29 January 2020).