Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Rusty-crowned Tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura pileata) - HBW 8, p. 266

French: Synallaxe couronné German: Rostkappen-Meisenschlüpfer Spanish: Tijeral Coronado
Other common names: Streak-crowned Tit-spinetail (cajabambae)

Taxonomy: Leptasthenura pileata P. L. Sclater, 1881, western slope of the coastal cordillera above Lima, 8000 feet [c. 2440 m], Peru.
Forms a superspecies with L. xenothorax, and considered conspecific by some authors; together, the two are presumably most closely related to L. striata. Race cajabambae has alternatively been considered a race of L. striata, but may merit species rank. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • cajabambae Chapman, 1921 - N & C Peru (Cajamarca S to Ancash, and dry interior slopes of E Andes S to Junín).
  • pileata P. L. Sclater, 1881 - WC Peru (Chillón and Rimac Valleys, in Lima).
  • latistriata Koepcke, 1965 - SC Peru (W Huancavelica, Ayacucho).

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