Araucaria Tit-Spinetail Leptasthenura setaria

Brazilian name: Grimpeiro

Araucaria Tit-spinetail, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
November 2008

The Araucaria Tit-Spinetail is distributed in the south-east of Brazil from the south of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro states to the north of Rio Grande do Sul and north-east Argentina.

<Araucaria Tit-spinetail, Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2008 - click for larger image It is only found on Araucaria pines Araucaria angustifolia aka Monkey Puzzle trees. It forages on these looking for insects and spiders and is often seen hanging acrobatically as it searches the pine needles.

It has a relatively long tail and a relatively long and decurved bill. It has a short crest coloured black with white streaks as is the face. Upperparts are reddish-brown while below the throat and upper breast are whitish with black streaks and the belly is tawny-buff.

There are recordings on xeno-canto and additional information is available via Avibase.
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