Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Spinetail (Mazaria propinqua)


French: Synallaxe à ventre blanc German: Flussinsel-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí ventriblanco

Synallaxis propinqua


, 1859,

Rio Madeira below the junction of the Mahissy (=Rio Igarapé Maici), Rondônia, Brazil




E Ecuador (lower R Aguarico, R Napo, R Pastaza), NE Peru (R Napo, R Amazon, R Ucayali), extreme SE Colombia (islands in R Amazon), NW Brazil (locally along R Amazon, also on lower R Branco, middle R Juruá, upper R Madeira) and NE Bolivia (lower R Beni); old records from French Guiana and recently recorded in Amapá, Brazil#R.

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 18–22 g. Typical Synallaxis but with noticeably longer bill. Has almost plain light greyish-brown face with indistinct paler supercilium, dark... read more


Song a nasal, mechanical “eh, ehhhhhhhh” or “ch-rr-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r”, c. 1... read more


River-island scrub; dense early-successional vegetation, especially Tessaria thickets, on... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Usually in pairs. Gleans items mainly from small branches, also foliage, within 1–2 m of ground; rarely, descends to... read more


No information.


Apparently resident. Seasonal flooding of habitat may force local movements, but this not yet... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common within appropriate habitat. Patchy and linear nature of its distribution, however, means that total population is rather... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). White-bellied Spinetail (Mazaria propinqua). 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).