Red-and-white Spinetail Certhiaxis mustelinus
Red-and-white Spinetail, Marchantaria Island, Amazonas, Brazil, July 2001 - click for larger image Marchantaria Island, Amazonas, Brazil
July 2001

The Red-and-white Spinetail is found on river islands and along the banks of Amazonian rivers. Its range is narrow but long stretching along the rivers from Belém upriver to Leticia in Colombia and into eastern Peru. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

The much more widespread Yellow-chinned Spinetail Certhiaxis cinnamomeus is also found in the same area and habitat but the Red-and-white is distinguished by its brighter rufous colouring, its black rather than grey lores, its entirely rufous crown and its lack of a greyish supercilium.

The scientific name mustelinus is derived from the Latin for weasel: "mustela" in view of the rufous and white colouration shared by both.

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