Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Pallid Spinetail (Cranioleuca pallida) - HBW 8, p. 295

French: Synallaxe pâle German: Minas Gerais-Baumschlüpfer Spanish: Curutié Pálido

Taxonomy: Synallaxis pallidus Wied, 1831, Campos Geraës = southern Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Possible relationship to the C. curtata superspecies proposed by some authors on basis of plumage, vocalizations and montane distribution. Others suggest that it is part of a superspecies that includes C. subcristata, C. pyrrhophia, C. henricae, C. obsoleta, C. albicapilla, C. antisiensis and C. baroni, but genetic data suggest that at least the last two of those are not part of this lineage. Monotypic.

Distribution: SE Brazil, from C Minas Gerais and SE Bahia S to E Paraná.