Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Stripe-breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis cinnamomea)


French: Synallaxe guiouti German: Streifenbrust-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí pechiestriado

Synnalaxis [sic] cinnamomeus


, 1843,

Colombia = “Bogotá”


Although unusual plumage pattern suggests no close relatives, genetic data#R indicate close relationship with S. rutilans and S. cherriei; voice similar to that of many congeners. Notable contrast in plumage between nominate and bolivari may reflect species-level disjunction, but race striatipectus intermediate (even if not geographically); further work needed. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. c. cinnamomea Lafresnaye, 1843 – extreme NW Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá) and E Andes of Colombia (Magdalena, Santander S to Cundinamarca).
  • S. c. aveledoi Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1946 – W Venezuela (Falcón, W & S Lara to N Táchira) and Andes of N Colombia (Norte de Santander).
  • S. c. bolivari E. J. O. Hartert, 1917 – Coastal Range of NC Venezuela (Yaracuy E to Miranda and N Guárico).
  • S. c. striatipectus Chapman, 1899 – NE Venezuela (W Sucre, Anzoátegui).
  • S. c. pariae Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1949 – Paria Peninsula (Cerro Humo, Cerro Azul), in NE Venezuela.
  • S. c. carri Chapman, 1895 – Trinidad.
  • S. c. terrestris Jardine, 1847 – Tobago.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 15–23 g. Relatively short-tailed Synallaxis with unusual pattern, conspicuously streaked below. Nominate race has dark dull rufous face and... read more


    Little geographical variation. Song a nasal, sharp “chík-kweek” or “ch... read more


    Tropical deciduous forest, gallery forest, arid montane scrub, second-growth scrub; undergrowth and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods; flying ants recorded as taken. Usually in pairs, occasionally in small mixed-species flocks. Gleans items from foliage and... read more


    Breeding records scattered throughout year in Trinidad; recorded Mar–Aug in Tobago. Presumably monogamous. Nest a mass of thick twigs... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout range. In Venezuela, very common in mountains of Paria Peninsula, less common and more local in Andes. Occurs in Asa Wright... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Stripe-breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis cinnamomea). 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 8 December 2019).