Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Silvery-throated Spinetail (Synallaxis subpudica)


French: Synallaxe à gorge argentée German: Grauschwanz-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí de Cundinamarca

Synallaxis subpudica

P. L. Sclater

, 1874,



Sister-species to S. brachyura#R. Monotypic.


E Andes of Colombia (N Boyacá, Cundinamarca).

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm. Has greyish-brown face, thin light cinnamon supercilium behind eye; forecrown greyish-brown, hind­crown and hindneck rufous-chestnut, back and uppertail-... read more


Song a fast, accelerating, descending and fading series of chattering notes with “laughing... read more


Montane evergreen forest edge, secondary forest edge, second-growth scrub; dense undergrowth at... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Usually in pairs; presumably gleans arthropods from foliage and small branches, within 1–2 m of ground.


Nest a large globular mass of sticks c. 50–60 cm high, 30–40 cm in diameter, side entrance with long tube to nest-chamber,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian East Andes EBA. Fairly common to common within small range. Tolerates fair degree of anthropogenic... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Silvery-throated Spinetail (Synallaxis subpudica). 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 15 December 2019).