Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Ochre-cheeked Spinetail (Synallaxis scutata) - HBW 8, p. 286

French: Synallaxe à bavette German: Weißbrauen-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí Canela
Other common names: Cinnamon-backed Spinetail

Taxonomy: Synallaxis scutata P. L. Sclater, 1859, Bahia, Brazil.
Often placed with S. candei and S. kollari in a separate genus Poecilurus, but no diagnosable differences from current genus. Considered by some to form a superspecies with those two, but differs substantially from both in colour pattern and tail structure; plumage pattern suggests that it is more likely related to S. albilora. Whether darker race whitii can be distinguished from extremes of adjacent populations of nominate race, which varies clinally from NE to SW, or whether it is diagnosably distinct, merits investigation. Proposed race neglecta, f.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Synallaxis scutata P. L. Sclater, 1859, Bahia, Brazil.
Often placed with S. candei and S. kollari in a separate genus Poecilurus, but no diagnosable differences from current genus. Considered by some to form a superspecies with those two, but differs substantially from both in colour pattern and tail structure; plumage pattern suggests that it is more likely related to S. albilora. Whether darker race whitii can be distinguished from extremes of adjacent populations of nominate race, which varies clinally from NE to SW, or whether it is diagnosably distinct, merits investigation. Proposed race neglecta, from Ceará (Brazil), supposedly paler rufous above and whiter below, and proposed race teretiala, from Serra dos Carajás, in S Pará (Brazil), described from three specimens as smaller and whiter below than nominate, but neither is considered distinguishable. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • scutata P. L. Sclater, 1859 - E & C Brazil (S Pará and Maranhão E to Ceará and Bahia, S to N Mato Grosso, S Minas Gerais and N São Paulo).
  • whitii P. L. Sclater, 1881 - S Brazil (S Mato Grosso), SE Bolivia (Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca, Tarija) and NW Argentina (Jujuy and Salta, possibly also W Formosa, S to Catamarca).