Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Furnariidae (Ovenbirds)  
Genus: Synallaxis (14 species, 35 worldwide)

Genus Synallaxis, typical Spinetails, are small mostly brown birds with long straight tails. Spinetails are found in low dense growth and are more often heard than seen.

Pale-breasted Spinetail
Pale-breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis albescens)
Cocorná, Colombia  

Uee-pee call common in open grasslands and wetlands, at lower altitudes than similar [Azara's Spinetail].

Dark-breasted Spinetail
Dark-breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis albigularis albigularis)
Puerto Nariño, Amazonas, Colombia
  Like most spinetails, usually embedded deep in the brush and only heard.

Azara's Spinetail
Azara's Spinetail (Synallaxis azarae media)
La Romera, Itagui, Antioquia, Colombia  

Common and vocal at 2000-3000m in Andean cloud forests (a bit lower in Peru).
Alt. photo.
Additional photo.

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Rio Orinoco Spinetail (Synallaxis beverlyae) Near Threatened

Slaty Spinetail
Slaty Spinetail (Synallaxis brachyura nigrifumosa)
Bahia Solano, Choco, Colombia  

Vocal, but secretive.

White-whiskered Spinetail
White-whiskered Spinetail (Synallaxis candei candei)
Los Flamencos Wildlife Sanctuary, Camarones, La Guajira, Colombia
  Desert scrub habitat.

Chestnut-throated Spinetail
Chestnut-throated Spinetail (Synallaxis cherriei) Near Threatened
Carajás National Forest, Pará, Brazil
  Described by ProAves as enigmatic.
Photograph by Hector Bottai     Copyright and usage info

Stripe-breasted Spinetail
Stripe-breasted Spinetail (Synallaxis cinnamomea aveledoi)
Ocaña, Norte de Santander, Colombia  

Sounds a bit like [Azara's Spinetail], but is found at lower altitudes. Uniformly brown with white and black throat.

Rusty-headed Spinetail
Rusty-headed Spinetail (Synallaxis fuscorufa) Vulnerable ENDEMIC
Santa Marta Sierra Nevada, Colombia  

Plain-crowned Spinetail
Plain-crowned Spinetail (Synallaxis gujanensis gujanensis)
Tucupita, Venezuela  

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Dusky Spinetail (Synallaxis moesta) Near Threatened

Ruddy Spinetail
Ruddy Spinetail (Synallaxis rutilans caquetensis)
Finca Porvenír, Meta, Colombia  

Moves in small sometimes noisy groups in dense foliage close to the rainforest floor.

Silvery-throated Spinetail
Silvery-throated Spinetail (Synallaxis subpudica) ENDEMIC
Cerro de Guadalupe, Bogotá, Colombia  
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Rufous Spinetail
Rufous Spinetail (Synallaxis unirufa unirufa)
Tatama National Park, Pueblo Rico, Risaralda, Colombia  

Reference photo of not-too-different Perija race.
Immature with some patchy coloration.

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