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Sooty-fronted Spinetail - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Rogerio Araújo Dias
Corumbazul, Brazil
Synallaxis frontalis


14–16 cm (5½-6¼ in)

  • Rufous crown
  • Dusky forecrown
  • Rufous tail and wings
  • Olive-brown upperparts
  • White throat bordered by black


South America: found in Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina.



Frontal View
Photo © by bievreJJ
Vale das Garças, Campinas, SP, Brazil, September, 2017

There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • S. f. frontalis:
  • S. f. fuscipennis:
  • Eastern Bolivia and north-western Argentina

An additional subspecies poliophrys is generally considered invalid[2]


Forests, woodland edges and arid, scrubby areas.



There is little information available; they are reported to eat insects such as beetles.

They are usually seen in pairs foraging in the undergrowth.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Arthur Grosset
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2018)

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