• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

Speckled Spinetail - BirdForum Opus

Revision as of 00:40, 22 November 2016 by Deliatodd-18346 (talk | contribs) (Some extra info in ID and Distribution)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Photo by Anselmo d Affonseca
Novo Airão, Amazonas, Brazil, January 2016
Cranioleuca gutturata


13–15 cm (5-6 in)

  • Chestnut crown
  • Buffy-yellow supercilium
  • Buffy face with brown spots
  • Brown rump and uppertail-coverts
  • Chestnut wings
  • The only member of the family to have spotted underparts
  • Rounded tips to rufous rectrices
  • Greyish-black upper mandible
  • Bluish-grey lower mandible
  • Brownish-yellow legs and feet

Sexes alike

Juvenile does not have chestnut on the crown and less on the rectrices than the adults.


South America: found east of the Andes in Colombia, Venezuela, Suriname, French Guiana Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil


This is a monotypic species[1].


Varzea, river islands, flooded evergreen forests and tropical lowland forests.



Their diet consists mostly of cockroaches and spiders.


Their nest is a suspended cone constructed from moss. The entrance is at the pointed end. They are believed to be monogamous.


  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. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2016)

Recommended Citation

External Links