Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-chinned Spinetail (Certhiaxis cinnamomeus)


French: Synallaxe à gorge jaune German: Gelbkinn-Riedschlüpfer Spanish: Curutié colorado

Certhia cinnamomea

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

no locality = Cayenne


Birds from NE Colombia (N Arauca) assumed to belong to race marabinus, and those from W part of R Amazon (E to R Negro) tentatively placed with pallidus; further study needed. Proposed race albescentior (Carabobo) is a synonym of valencianus. Eight subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. c. fuscifrons (Madarász, 1913) – N Colombia (R Atrato E to base of Santa Marta Mts, also lower Cauca Valley and most of Magdalena Valley).
  • C. c. marabinus Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1946 – NE Colombia (N Arauca) and NW Venezuela (Zulia W of L Maracaibo, and W Trujillo, W Mérida and NW Táchira).
  • C. c. valencianus J. T. Zimmer & Phelps, Sr, 1944 – WC Venezuela (Lara, Portuguesa and Barinas E to Aragua and Guárico).
  • C. c. orenocensis J. T. Zimmer, 1935 – lower Orinoco Valley in Venezuela (S Apure, SE Guárico, N Amazonas, and N Bolívar E to S Sucre and Delta Amacuro).
  • C. c. cinnamomeus (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – Trinidad, NE Venezuela (N Sucre, N Anzoátegui), the Guianas and NE Brazil (Pará E to N Maranhão).
  • C. c. pallidus J. T. Zimmer, 1935 – extreme SE Colombia (SE Amazonas) and W & C Amazonian Brazil (E, including lower R Negro and lower R Purus, to lower R Tocantins).
  • C. c. cearensis (Cory, 1916) – E Brazil (S Maranhão, Ceará, Piauí, Pernambuco, N Bahia).
  • C. c. russeolus (Vieillot, 1817) – E Bolivia (S from Pando), S Brazil (C Mato Grosso E to S Bahia, and S to Rio Grande do Sul), Paraguay, N Argentina (S to Salta, NE Córdoba and N Buenos Aires) and Uruguay.
  • Descriptive notes

    13–16 cm; 13–17 g. A crisply patterned spinetail mainly reddish above and whitish below. Nominate race has grey super­cilium, broad dusky brown eyeline,... read more


    Sings frequently; churring rattle, “chu-chuchchchchchchchchchchcu”, often as duet, also... read more


    Freshwater marshes and edge of mangrove forest; found in a variety of wetlands with mix of grass,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Recorded dietary items are Coleoptera, Lepidoptera larvae, Hemiptera, Odonata, Hymenoptera including ants, Orthoptera, Diptera, Isoptera,... read more


    Breeds throughout year in coastal Surinam, and primarily during Aug–Oct dry season in French Guiana; active nests in Apr–Oct in... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to abundant in much of its large range. Restriction to wetlands makes it susceptible to the usual suite of conservation problems that afflict... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr & de Juana, E. (2020). Yellow-chinned Spinetail (Certhiaxis cinnamomeus). 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 25 January 2020).