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Black-throated Spinetail -- Synallaxis castanea

Paul A Schwartz
4 May 1971 at 06:00

    Geography
  • Venezuela
    Aragua
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  • Colonia Tovar
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  • 10.4166667   -67.2833333
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  • Mono
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  • NAGRA UNSPECIFIED IV
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  • Sennheiser MKH 405
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NOTES: Neotropical Institute Cut # 4. Bulk reel: 146
[Recordist indicated that he used a parabola but did not specify make/model.]
a) This is a direct continuation of the recording from Cut 5) of Synallaxis castanea. Quality: 1-2 & 1. Level: -5, 0. 203 tape.
This is apparently normal song. (One call by Synallaxis castanea is heard) (4-figure, then 5-figure).
(Voice comments at end re: "other territory" refer to Synallaxis castanea.)
b) 6:25 PM. (7:25 on tape in error.) Now, after playback. Quality: 1. Level: 0. 203, then 175 tape.
Then after playback of above. Still song. Quality: 1. Level: -2.
Shortly after stopping the previous recording, a bird (the motmot) in the immediate vicinity started "bleating." Quality: 1-2 & 2. Level: 0. 175 tape. 7.5 ips.
Then some tentative song (and apparent quiet "conversation" between a pair?)
c) ~ 7:15 AM. More "bleating" calls. Quality: 1. Level: -5 & o. 175 tape. 7.5 ips.
Note re: identification: Up until this date I had been attributing the normal song of this species to Synallaxis castanea, on what basis I am unable to determine. As conditions today 4/V/71) gave me some doubts, I played back the recording from the 203 tape portion of Cut 4b) and was surprised to have this bird come up to 2 m. from me and in full view give the same song. As this identification is beyond question, I have now had to re-edit all the recordings previously filed under S. castanea. 6/V/74 PAS.
Also, as this bird is obviously not the same as the Scytelopus latebricola, I am presently calling this bird Scytalopus caracae; at least until the whole Scytalopus question can be worked out.
LNS: Reclassified from S. latebricola caracae to S. caracae. -M. Medler, 12 March 2009.

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