Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Spectacled Prickletail (Siptornis striaticollis)


French: Pseudosittine à collier German: Brillenschlüpfer Spanish: Curutié frontino

Synnalaxis [sic] striaticollis


, 1843,

Colombia = Bogotá


Genetic data#R indicate that this species is closest to a group containing Roraimia, Thripophaga and Cranioleuca. Race nortoni moderately distinctive in plumage; vocal comparison with nominate required (recordings apparently unavailable at present). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. s. striaticollis (Lafresnaye, 1843) – E Andes of Colombia (W slope at head of Magdalena Valley in Huila, and E slope in E Cauca and W Caquetá).
  • S. s. nortoni G. R. Graves & Robbins, 1987 – Andes of Ecuador (E slope) S to extreme N Peru (N Cajamarca).
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm; 12–13 g. A tiny furnariid with plumage pattern somewhat like Xenops. Nominate race has short supercilium and partial eyering whitish, lores... read more


    High-pitched trill, possibly as song.


    Montane evergreen forest; 1300–2400 m.

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs, usually in mixed-species flocks, in mid-storey, occasionally to subcanopy. Climbs and hitches along... read more


    Season not documented. Presumably monogamous. Nest a spherical mass of moss and other plant material, with bottom entrance, placed at or... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to uncommon. Seems to be rather local in distribution.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Spectacled Prickletail (Siptornis striaticollis). 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 13 December 2019).