Yellow chinned Spinetail (Certhiaxis cinnamomeus)

Yellow-chinned Spinetail

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Furnariidae | [latin] Certhiaxis cinnamomeus | [UK] Yellow-chinned Spinetail | [FR] Synallaxe a gorge jaune | [DE] Gelbkinn-Riedschlupfer | [ES] Curutie Colorado | [IT] Synallaxe a gorge jaune | [NL] Geelkeel-stekelstaart


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Certhiaxis cinnamomeus SA Colombia to Uruguay
Certhiaxis cinnamomeus cearensis
Certhiaxis cinnamomeus cinnamomeus
Certhiaxis cinnamomeus fuscifrons
Certhiaxis cinnamomeus marabinus
Certhiaxis cinnamomeus orenocensis
Certhiaxis cinnamomeus pallidus
Certhiaxis cinnamomeus russeolus
Certhiaxis cinnamomeus valencianus

Physical charateristics

The upperparts and head are chestnut brown, and the underparts are whitish apart from the pale yellow throat. Long tail, bill black except basal part of lower mandible which is grey. In determination the yellow chin is unmistakable.

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wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 13 cm size max.: 16 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 5  


Nominate found in South America east of the Andes, Trinidad, the Guianas, north east venezuela, north east Brazil. In Suriname vry common bird of wet places with enough vegetation to hide.


Found in marshes and the edges of mangrove swamps and most other inland freshwater bodies with vegetation.


Nest is a globe shaped mass made of sticks with a sideways entrance. Clutch size is 2-5 eggs. Nest often built 1-2 meter above ground, sometimes on top of an old nest. Often parasitized by Striped Cuckoo. No further data.

Feeding habits

The Yellow-chinned Spinetail feeds on insects like ants and anthropods and spiders. Forages low or on the ground in vegetation near or above water. usually seen in pairs gleaning insects from small branches.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 8,400,000 km2. The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘common’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Yellow-chinned Spinetail status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Yellow-chinned Spinetail range map


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