Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Tufted Tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura platensis)


Taxonomy

French: Synallaxe de la Plata German: Haubenmeisenschlüpfer Spanish: Tijeral copetón
Taxonomy:

Leptasthenura platensis

Reichenbach

, 1853,

Río de la Plata, Argentina

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Genetic study#R shows this species to be close to L. striolata, the pair being sister to L. setaria. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Paraguay, N & C Argentina (Salta, Formosa and Corrientes S to N Chubut and S Buenos Aires), extreme SE Brazil (extreme W Rio Grande do Sul) and Uruguay.

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm; 10–12 g. Typical tit-spinetail, but with short crest. Has thin pale supercilium, dull greyish-brown face obscurely marked brownish; crown and crest dark... read more

Voice

Song an accelerating, descending trill introduced by distinct sharp notes, “tsi, tsirrrrr... read more

Habitat

Gallery forest, riparian thickets, arid lowland scrub; dry woodland (e.g. Prosopis flexuosa... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods; recorded items are Coleoptera larvae and small spiders. Usually in pairs or in small flocks, possibly family groups. Forages... read more

Breeding

Season during austral spring-summer; eggs in Sept–Dec and nestlings in Oct–Dec in Argentina; nestlings in Oct in S Brazil.... read more

Movements

Resident; some extralimital records suggest a little seasonal movement or wandering.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common in much of range. Recorded in Ybicuí National Park, in Paraguay; status in Paraguay, however, requires further investigation.

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Tufted Tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura platensis). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56405 on 18 June 2019).