Wren-like Rushbird (Phleocryptes melanops) - HBW 8, p. 261
French: Synallaxe troglodyte
Other common names: Rushbird, Black-faced Spinetail
Taxonomy: Sylvia melanops Vieillot, 1817, Paraguay.
Affinities uncertain. Possible relationship to Aphrastura suggested by plumage features, but nest architecture considered by some to be more like that of similarly marsh-nesting Limnoctites and Limnornis; blue-green egg colour (unusual within family) more like latter’s. Proposed race juninensis (from vicinity of L Junín, in C Peru), purportedly with brighter plumage, evidently not diagnosable. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- brunnescens J. T. Zimmer, 1935 - coastal W Peru (La Libertad S to Ica).
- schoenobaenus Cabanis & Heine, 1859 - C & S Peru (L Junín area in Andes of Junín, Altiplano region of Puno), W Bolivia (La Paz S to Oruro) and NW Argentina (Jujuy).
- loaensis R. A. Philippi [Bañados] & Goodall, 1946 - coastal S Peru (Arequipa) and N Chile (Tarapacá).
- melanops (Vieillot, 1817) - lowlands of SE Brazil (São Paulo S to Rio Grande do Sul), Argentina (Tucumán E to Misiones, S to Chubut) and Chile (Atacama S to Aisén), but N limits of breeding unclear; also to W Paraguay in non-breeding season.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 10 videos
Pair Locality San Carlos Centro, Santa Fe Province, Argentina
Martin Manassero 20 November 2011 1 year ago 17 sec 4.6
A bird calling Locality Pisco, Ica Department, Peru (ssp brunnescens)
Keith Blomerley 8 November 2004 7 years ago 25 sec 4.5
A bird perched in reeds and hiding in the vegetation Locality Patagonia, Argentina (ssp melanops)
Santiago Imberti 31 July 2006 6 years ago 15 sec 4.3
An adult bird foraging on dead logs close to the water's edge Locality Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina (ssp melanops)
Gus Yaki 29 January 2000 6 years ago 20 sec 4.1
Bird foraging near the juncos of laggon. Locality Laguna del Diario, Maldonado, Maldonado Department, Uruguay
Antonio Silveira 29 February 2012 1 year ago 24 sec 3.8
Bird perched on juncal in the lagoon. Morning. Locality Laguna del Diario, Maldonado, Maldonado Department, Uruguay
Antonio Silveira 22 February 2013 39 weeks ago 21 sec 3.7
PhotosSee all 16 photos
Bird perched on aquatic plants close to a reedbed.
Locality Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina (ssp melanops)
Santiago Meligeni Lozano 26 July 2010 3 years ago 4.3
Shown starting to enter its nest.
Locality Chile (ssp loaensis)
Don DesJardin 10 November 1998 4 years ago 4.1
Foraging above the water surface.
Locality Pantanos de Villa, Lima Department, Peru (ssp brunnescens)
Dusan Brinkhuizen 6 September 2012 24 weeks ago 3.9
Locality Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil
Samantha Klein 20 October 2013 6 weeks ago 3.8
Bird foraging near vegetation of the lagoon. This species living in the middle of junco.
Locality Laguna del Diario, Maldonado, Maldonado Department, Uruguay
Antonio Silveira 18 July 2012 1 year ago 3.4
Foraging into the marsh vegetation.
Locality Albufera de Medio Mundo, Lima Department, Peru (ssp brunnescens)
Juan A Malo de Molina 29 June 2008 4 years ago 3.4