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Spix's Spinetail - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by bievreJJ
Itapira, SP, Brazil, August, 2018

Alternative name: Chicli Spinetail

Synallaxis spixi


16–17 cm (6¼-6¾ in)
It has a rufous crown and rufous wing-coverts which contrast with the greyish, olive-brown upperparts and the grey underparts. It has a long, pointed greyish tail and a whitish upper throat with a black lower throat.


Photo © by Carlos Henrique
Pardinho, Sao Paulo, Brazil, March 2008

South America: found from south-eastern Brazil to eastern Paraguay, Uruguay and north-eastern Argentina.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Open shrubby areas, woodland edges, savanna usually close to water.



Poorly known. It is presumed they eat arthropods gleaned from leaves and branches.


A monogamous species. They construct a globular nest.


  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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