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Bahia Spinetail - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by arthurgrosset
Boa Nova, Bahia, Brazil, July 2002
Synallaxis cinerea

Synallaxis whitneyi


16 cm

  • Brown-olive upperparts
  • Rufous crown, wings and tail
  • Buff eyebrow
  • Dark grey face
  • Grey throat
  • Dark grey-brown belly.

Similar Species

Rufous-capped Spinetail S. ruficapilla has lighter coloured underparts.


Eastern Brazil (interior and southern Bahia and north-eastern Minas Gerais)


This is a monotypic species[1]

This species was described as Synallaxis whitneyi in 1995; for a while thereafter, the general belief was that the species had really been described long before as Synallaxis cinerea Wied, 1831. The SACC link in references describe the evidence for reversing this stance.


Montane rain forest, edge and second growth.



The diet includes insects.


Distinctive disyllabic and rather low-pitched song, repeated constantly.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BirdLife International
  3. SACC proposal (passed) to use Synallaxis whitneyi as scientific name for this species.

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