Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Streak-capped Spinetail (Cranioleuca hellmayri)


French: Synallaxe des broméliades German: Santa-Marta-Baumschlüpfer Spanish: Curutié de Santa Marta

Siptornis hellmayri


, 1907,

Páramo de Macotama, 11,000 feet [c. 3350 m], Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia


See C. semicinerea. Monotypic.


Santa Marta Mts of N Colombia; one specimen from extreme NW Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá).

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 14–16 g. Has narrow whitish supercilium; rest of face flammulated dark brownish and buff; crown reddish-chestnut with blackish streaks, hindcrown to... read more


Song not fully described, reported as similar to that of C. curtata; call a weak, high-... read more


Montane evergreen forest and secondary forest; 1520–3000 m.

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages mostly in pairs, usually in mixed-species flocks, from mid-storey up to subcanopy. Hitches along small branches;... read more


Eggs in Sept–Nov. Presumably monogamous. Nest a ball of grass and leaves hanging from branch. No further information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Santa Marta Mountains EBA. Common within limited geographical range. Status in Venezuela uncertain; the single... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Streak-capped Spinetail (Cranioleuca hellmayri). 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 10 December 2019).