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Subspecies spinicauda
Photo by Luis R
Lago Villarrica, Chile, March 2015
Aphrastura spinicauda


13–14 cm (5-5½ in)

  • Black crown and eye-stripe
  • Cinnamon supercilium
  • White throat
  • Cinnamon belly
  • Tail: each feather has a point at the tip


South America: found in Chile and surrounding islands and Argentina.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • A. s. spinicauda:
  • Central Chile and adjacent western Argentina south to Tierra del Fuego
  • A. s. bullocki:
  • Mocha Island (Chile)
  • A. s. fulva:
  • Chiloé Island (Chile)


Temperate forests, dry lowland scrub, and tall humid forests.



They glean insects from leaves and bark and also take some small fruit and berries.


They nest in holes or behind loose tree bark.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Arthur Grosset
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2016)

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