Azara's Spinetail Synallaxis azarae


The Azara’s Spinetail is a distinctive voice of the montane Andes from western Venezuela and northwest Argentina, at elevations between 1500 and 3500 m, where it is generally fairly common. Some nine subspecies have been recognized over this wide range, and the species’ taxonomy is relatively complex, with some degree of leapfrog variation between pale and dark populations. The upperparts are generally brown, with a chestnut-brown crown, wings, and tail, a pale chin, blackish throat, and grayish underparts (but considerably paler in some subspecies). The Azara’s Spinetail occasionally joins mixed-species flocks, and is usually found at forest edges or in dense undergrowth in regenerating areas.

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

Recommended Citation

Azara's Spinetail (Synallaxis azarae), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: