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 - Chestnut-throated Spinetail
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Chestnut-throated Spinetail Synallaxis cherriei

Alexander C. Lees and Eduardo Gallo-Cajiao
Version: 1.0 — Published February 2, 2012

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Generally considered to be the sister-species of the Ruddy Spinetail (Synallaxis rutilans), the Chestnut-throated Spinetail is something of an enigma, for its habitat requirements and curiously disjunct distribution. It is found locally across central and eastern Amazonian Brazil, reappearing on the Andes foothills of western Amazonia, locally and highly discontinuously from southern Colombia to Bolivia. The Chestnut-throated Spinetail occurs in tropical lowland forests, presenting highly dependency on Guadua bamboo thickets in some localities. The mechanisms driving habitat selection in different regions are not well understood, but may include species interactions and habitat availability. Its behavior seems generally similar to that of the Ruddy Spinetail, and just like this latter species it can very difficult to detect unless vocalizing. Three subspecies of Chestnut-throated Spinetail are generally recognized.

Distribution of the Chestnut-throated Spinetail - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Chestnut-throated Spinetail

Recommended Citation

Lees, A. C. and E. Gallo-Cajiao (2012). Chestnut-throated Spinetail (Synallaxis cherriei), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.chtspi1.01