Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Speckled Spinetail (Thripophaga gutturata)


French: Synallaxe ponctué German: Fleckenbrustcanastero Spanish: Curutié jaspeado

Anabates gutturatus

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1838,

Yuracares (probably Cochabamba), Bolivia


Previously placed in Cranioleuca, but genetic data#R indicate that it belongs in present genus. Proposed race peruviana (E Peru) described as darker above, paler and less ochraceous below (including underwing-coverts), with breast spotting coarser, chin paler yellow, supercilium less pronounced; these characters considered by subsequent authors to represent individual variation, although absence of buff wash on underparts thought by some to permit diagnosis; even if characters do represent geographical variation, however, specimens from C Peru seem intermediate. Further study may also demonstrate that resurrection of name hyposticta (type locality R Negro, opposite Boavista, in Brazil) for populations of NW Amazonia is warranted. Clearly, reanalysis of variation throughout range is required. Tentatively treated as monotypic.


SE Colombia (S from W Caquetá), S Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar), NE Suriname and N French Guiana S to E Ecuador, E Peru, Amazonian Brazil (W Amazonas E to Amapá, S to Acre and NC Pará) and N Bolivia (S to Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm; 13–17 g. The only Cranioleuca with spotted underparts and with rounded rectrix tips. Face and supercilium are ochraceous brown, freckled with... read more


Song a quavering, descending trill with introductory note, “tch-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t-t”, c... read more


Flooded evergreen forest and tropical lowland evergreen forest; mainly várzea forest and... read more

Food and feeding

Diet consists primarily of cockroaches (Blattodea) and Heteroptera; Coleoptera and spiders also recorded. Forages singly or in pairs,... read more


Nest-building in mid-Aug, in Peru. Presumably monogamous. Nest a cone-shaped mass of moss 25 cm long, tapering to entrance hole, suspended... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Rare to fairly common; often overlooked. Occurs in Manu National Park and Biosphere Reserve, in Peru.

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Speckled Spinetail (Thripophaga gutturata). 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 February 2020).