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Thorn-tailed Rayadito Aphrastura spinicauda

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The Thorn-tailed Rayadito is a common Furnariid of Argentina and Chile.  Found in noisy flocks, these birds are easily found in a variety of forest habitats.  This species can be identified by its contrasting buff and black head stripes, buff and black wing pattern, and spiny tail projections.  Thorn-tailed Rayadito is closely related to the allopatric Masafuera Rayadito (Aphrastura masafuerae) which is endemic to Alejandro Selkirk Island in Chile.

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Recommended Citation

Thorn-tailed Rayadito (Aphrastura spinicauda), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/thtray1