Brazilian name: Arredio-pálido
The Pallid Spinetail is distributed in south-east Brazil from southern Bahia to Paraná. It is found in Atlantic Rain Forest at between 700 and 2150 metres, usually near the canopy or on the edges. It is a Brazilian endemic.
|Photos 1 to 3 were taken at Intervales, São Paulo and, at first glance, I assumed that this was an Olive Spinetail Cranioleuca obsoleta largely because of its brown rather than rufous crown. However, I was concerned that the entire wing was rufous because the Olive Spinetail has only rufous wing coverts. I consulted Jeremy Minns who suggested that it might be an immature Pallid Spinetail since the juvenile has a brown not a rufous crown. This was confirmed by Fernando Straube.|
|Both Jeremy and Fernando
commented on the position of the bird since neither of them had
seen one on the ground before. But birds have to bathe at some
time and this was obviously a convenient puddle.
Fernando also mentioned that, although Ridgely & Tudor say, "Olive Spinetail lacks the rufous crown and is probably never sympatric with Pallid", there is in fact an extensive area in the south of São Paulo state and in Paraná where the two species occur together.
|Photos 4 and 5 were taken at Itatiaia, Rio de Janeiro while photo 6 is from Boa Nova, Bahia, possibly the northern limit of its distribution. Photo 7 taken in November, is from Serra Bonita, Camacan, Bahia. Unfortunately, I wasn't there long enough to see if the collection of moss and lichen below the bird was a nest in the process of being built.|
|There are recordings on xeno-canto, a distribution map from NatureServe and additional information available via Avibase. There is a page with excellent photos on Wikiaves.|
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