Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Near Threatened

Straight-billed Reedhaunter (Limnoctites rectirostris)


French: Synallaxe à bec droit German: Grauscheitel-Riedschlüpfer Spanish: Pajonalera piquirrecta

Limnornis rectirostris


, 1839,

Maldonado, Uruguay


Previously placed by some authors in genus Limnornis, but genetic and other data#R#R show the two genera to be not closely related. Recent molecular study#R found present species to be sister to Cranioleuca sulphurifera (see below). Monotypic.


Extreme SE Brazil (Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul), Uruguay and extreme E Argentina (S Entre Ríos, N Buenos Aires).

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm; 16–21 g. Has whitish supercilium, greyish face; dark grey crown, brownish-grey back and rump, rufous wings and tail; tail graduated, protruding bare... read more


High-pitched broken trill of “pee” or “ti” notes, all on same pitch,... read more


Freshwater marshes and other wet areas dominated by the spiny apiaceous herb “caraguat... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods; Coleoptera, Hemiptera and Hymenoptera recorded as taken. Usually solitary. Gleans food items from marsh vegetation.


Season presumably during austral spring-summer; eggs recorded in Nov and nestlings in Nov and Jan. Monogamous. Nest an oval-shaped... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Fairly common but very local. Fairly common in Aparados da Serra National Park, in Brazil; Ingeniero Otamendi... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Bonan, A. (2020). Straight-billed Reedhaunter (Limnoctites rectirostris). 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 January 2020).