Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Streak-capped Spinetail (Cranioleuca hellmayri) - HBW 8, p. 297

French: Synallaxe des broméliades German: Santa Marta-Baumschlüpfer Spanish: Curutié de Santa Marta

Taxonomy: Siptornis hellmayri Bangs, 1907, Páramo de Macotama, 11,000 feet [c. 3350 m], Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia.
Forms a superspecies with C. erythrops, C. demissa, C. curtata, C. antisiensis and C. baroni; all share plumage similarities and mostly lower montane distribution, and their close relationship is consistent with recent genetic data. Some authors have proposed that it is more closely related to C. subcristata and C. pyrrhophia, because of streaked crown. Monotypic.

Distribution: Santa Marta Mts of N Colombia; one specimen from extreme NW Venezuela (Perijá Mts).