Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Furnariidae
Subfamily: Furnariinae
Genus: Schizoeaca
Cabanis, 1873

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The thistletails (genus Schizoeaca) are birds in the family Furnariidae. They are found in highland forest, shrub and grassland in the Andes of South America. They have a mainly brown plumage, and most have grey underparts. All have long tails with pointed tips. The Itatiaia Spinetail is a member of another genus, but has sometimes been referred to as the Itatiaia Thistletail.


The species-level taxonomy is complex, and future changes are likely.


  • Remsen, J. V. (2003). Genus Schizoeaca (Thistletails). Pp. 271-274 in: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., & Christie, D. A. eds. (2003). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 8. Broadbills to Tapaculos. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. ISBN 84-87334-50-4

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