Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

White-whiskered Spinetail (Synallaxis candei) - HBW 8, p. 286

French: Synallaxe à moustaches German: Weißbart-Dickichtschlüpfer Spanish: Pijuí Barbiblanco
Other common names: Cande’s Spinetail

Taxonomy: Synnalaxis [sic] Candei d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye, 1838, Cartagena, Colombia.
Often placed with S. scutata and S. kollari in a separate genus Poecilurus, but no diagnosable differences from current genus. Forms a superspecies with second of those species, possibly also including the first, but that differs substantially in colour pattern and tail structure. Distributional boundaries of races require confirmation. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • venezuelensis Cory, 1913 - extreme N Colombia (Guajira Peninsula, S to César) and NW Venezuela (Zulia E to E Falcón and Lara).
  • candei d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1838 - N Colombia (N Sucre E to W Magdalena).
  • atrigularis (Todd, 1917) - N Colombia (middle Magdalena Valley of S Bolívar).