Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Necklaced Spinetail (Synallaxis stictothorax) - HBW 8, p. 289

French: Synallaxe à collier German: Fleckenbrust-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí Collarejo
Other common names: Spotted-breasted Spinetail; Chinchipe Spinetail (chinchipensis)

Taxonomy: Synallaxis stictothorax P. L. Sclater, 1859, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
In the past, was sometimes placed in a monotypic genus Chinchipe or in Siptornopsis. More similar to latter or to Cranioleuca in foraging behavior, voice and nest structure; on the other hand, one genetic study based on protein electrophoresis found this species to cluster with present genus rather than with Cranioleuca. Further research needed. Race chinchipensis treated as a separate species by some authors, but published evidence for this is weak. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • stictothorax P. L. Sclater, 1859 - SW Ecuador (C Manabí S to W Guayas and Puna I).
  • maculata Lawrence, 1874 - extreme SW Ecuador (S Loja) and NW Peru (Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad).
  • chinchipensis Chapman, 1925 - NW Peru (Marañón Valley in Cajamarca).