Apurimac Spinetail Synallaxis courseni

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Furnariidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Huw Lloyd

The Apurimac Spinetail is a medium-sized, fairly slender furnariid found in high elevation cloud and Podocarpus forest habitat within a very narrow geographic range in south-central Peru. The Apurimac Spinetail was initially thought to be closely related to Slaty Spinetail Synallaxis brachyura but biogeography, habitat and voice suggest that it is more closely related to Azara’s Spinetail S. azarae and possibly represents only a distinctive subspecies of that species. Within its narrow geographic range it is described as being locally common to rare, but there has been extensive clearing and fragmentation of its forest habitat. It is currently classified as Vulnerable, but recent finds of small populations outside the Santuario Nacional Ampay indicate that it may merit down-listing to a lower status.


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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Lloyd, H. (2009). Apurimac Spinetail (Synallaxis courseni), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.