Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Rufous-capped Spinetail (Synallaxis ruficapilla) - HBW 8, p. 273

French: Synallaxe à calotte rousse German: Rotkappen-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí Coronirrojo

Taxonomy: Synallaxis ruficapilla Vieillot, 1819, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Forms a superspecies with S. cinerea and S. infuscata, this superspecies suggested by some authors as being most closely related to S. frontalis, S. azarae and S. courseni on basis of plumage and vocal similarities. Formerly considered to include S. infuscata as a race, but vocal differences indicate that latter merits rank of full species. Monotypic.

Distribution: SE Brazil (S Goiás, S Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo S to N Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay (Canendiyu, Alto Paraná, Itapúa) and NE Argentina (Misiones, Corrientes).