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White-bellied Spinetail - BirdForum Opus

Mazaria propinqua

Synallaxis propinqua


15-16 cm. A typical Spinetail with a rather long bill.

  • Greyish-brown crown and back to uppertail-coverts
  • Light greyish-brown face with indistinct pale supercilium and dark eyeline
  • Rufous wing-coverts
  • Long, graduated tail dull rufous
  • Greyish-white chin and black throat with greyish fringes
  • Dull grey breast
  • Whitish belly with brownish-grey flanks
  • Dull buffish undertail-coverts

Sexes similar. Juveniles have paler upperparts und much paler underparts with buff wash and no rufous in wings.


Along rivers in the Amazon basin: French Guiana (River Oyapock), eastern Ecuador (lower River Aguarico, River Napo, River Pastaza), northeast Peru (River Napo, River Amazon, river Ucayali), southeast Colombia (River Amazon), Brazil (along River Amazon east to River Tocantins, also lower River Branco, middle River Juruá, upper River Madeira) and northeast Bolivia (lower river Beni).
Common in suitable habitat.


This is a monotypic species.
Formerly placed in the genus Synallaxis.


Found in river-island scrub, especially Tessaria thickets.
Occurs up to 300 m, rarely higher.



Feeds on arthropods.
Forages in pairs, gleaning items from small branches and foliages, usually 1 to 2 m above the ground.


No information available.


A resident species. Seasonal flooding of its habitat may result in local movements.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2016)

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