Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Streak-fronted Thornbird (Phacellodomus striaticeps)


French: Synallaxe à front rayé German: Strichelstirn-Bündelnister Spanish: Espinero andino

Anumbius striaticeps

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1838,

Sicasica, La Paz, Bolivia


Sister to P. sibilatrix, based on phylogenetic study#R. Remarkable resemblance in plumage to Asthenes dorbignyi presumed due to convergence. Description of proposed darker race griseipectus from Cuzco (Peru) is matched by specimens from near city of La Paz (Bolivia), not far from type locality of nominate; in addition, populations from Puno apparently differ from those in Apurímac and Cuzco; further study required, particularly examination of the types. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. s. griseipectus Chapman, 1919 – dry Andean valleys of S Peru (Apurímac, Cuzco, Puno).
  • P. s. striaticeps (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1838) – Andes of Bolivia (S from La Paz) and N Argentina (S to Catamarca and Tucumán).
  • Descriptive notes

    16–17 cm; 23–29 g. Nominate race has indistinct dull grey-buff supercilium, supraloral area tinged rufous, lores blackish mixed with grey-buff, indistinct dark... read more


    Song a long accelerating and descending series of strained, complaining “cheet” notes interspersed... read more


    Arid montane scrub, often with columnar cacti or (locally) Puya raimondii, and ... read more

    Food and feeding

    Reported dietary items include Lepidoptera larvae. Usually observed in pairs, from ground up to canopy. Gleans and probes for arthropods on... read more


    Season during austral summer; eggs in Dec and fledgling in Mar in S Bolivia; eggs in Dec–Mar and nestlings in Feb in Argentina.... read more


    Mainly resident; some post-breeding downslope movements by S populations.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to common, especially in S portion of range. Tolerates at least modest anthropogenic habitat disturbance, including fairly severe grazing;... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Streak-fronted Thornbird (Phacellodomus striaticeps). 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 11 December 2019).