Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Streak-fronted Thornbird (Phacellodomus striaticeps) - HBW 8, p. 313

French: Synallaxe à front rayé German: Strichelstirn-Bündelnister Spanish: Espinero Andino
Other common names: Red-shouldered Thornbird

Taxonomy: Anumbius striaticeps d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye, 1838, Sicasica, La Paz, Bolivia.
Uncanny resemblance in plumage to Asthenes dorbignyi presumed due to convergence. Description of darker Peruvian race griseipectus (type locality in Cuzco) is matched by specimens from near city of La Paz, in Bolivia (not far from type locality of nominate); in addition, populations from Puno evidently differ from those in Apurímac and Cuzco. Further study, particularly examination of the types, is warranted. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • griseipectus Chapman, 1919 - dry Andean valleys of S Peru (Apurímac, Cuzco, Puno).
  • striaticeps (d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1838) - Andes of Bolivia (S from La Paz) and N Argentina (S to Catamarca and Tucumán).