Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Slender-billed Xenops (Xenops tenuirostris)


French: Sittine des rameaux German: Streifenschwanz-Baumspäher Spanish: Picolezna picofino

Xenops tenuirostris


, 1859,

Salto do Jirau, Rio Madeira, Rondônia, Brazil


Birds of Venezuela currently included in acutirostris, but apparently unlike typical specimens of that race; specimens from Guyana also included in acutirostris, but may belong to hellmayri; further study needed. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • X. t. acutirostris Chapman, 1923 – W Guyana, S Venezuela (S Amazonas, Bolívar) and SE Colombia (S from Caquetá and Vaupés) S to NE Peru.
  • X. t. hellmayri Todd, 1925 – Suriname and French Guiana.
  • X. t. tenuirostris Pelzeln, 1859 – SE Peru, Amazonian Brazil S of R Amazon (E to SW Pará) and N Bolivia (Pando, NW La Paz, N Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    10 cm; 9–11 g. Wedge-shaped bill relatively longer and thinner and streaking generally finer than in congeners. Nominate race has narrow buffish-white supercilium,... read more


    Song a series of 4–5 dry “tsip” notes on same pitch.


    Tropical lowland and flooded evergreen forest; mostly sea-level to 600 m, locally to 1500 m.

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods; Orthoptera recorded. Usually forages singly, in mixed-species flocks, in canopy and subcanopy. Climbs and hitches up and along... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to locally uncommon. Not well known. Occurs in numerous protected areas, e.g. Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve, in Peru.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Slender-billed Xenops (Xenops tenuirostris). 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 8 December 2019).