Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Plain-mantled Tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura aegithaloides) - HBW 8, p. 266

French: Synallaxe mésange German: Zimtspiegel-Meisenschlüpfer Spanish: Tijeral Colinegro

Taxonomy: Synnalaxis [sic] Aegithaloïdes Kittlitz, 1830, hills near Valparaíso, Chile.
Plumage similarities have suggested to some authors that this and L. striolata are sister-species, and to others that this and mostly parapatric L. platensis are sister-species. Geographical variation in colour follows Gloger’s Rule, with populations from arid areas usually the palest in coloration. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • grisescens Hellmayr, 1925 - coastal slope of S Peru (Arequipa S to Tacna) and N Chile (Tarapacá S to Atacama).
  • berlepschi Hartert, 1909 - Andes of S Peru (C Puno, E Tacna), N Chile (Tarapacá, Antofagasta), W Bolivia (La Paz S to Potosí) and NW Argentina (Jujuy S to Catamarca).
  • aegithaloides (Kittlitz, 1830) - C Chile (S Coquimbo S to N Aisén).
  • pallida Dabbene, 1920 - breeds W & S Argentina (La Rioja, S La Pampa and SW Buenos Aires S to Santa Cruz) and S Chile (EC Aisén, NE Magallanes); S populations migrate N in winter to N & C Argentina (Catamarca, Tucumán, E Buenos Aires).