- Asthenes modesta
Showing orange throat patch
Photo by njlarsen
Lauca NP, Chile
, November 2009
15â€“16 cm (6-6Â¼ in)
- Brown upperparts
- Grey head
- Pale underparts
- Orange throat patch
- Dull streaked breast
- Brown tail, rufous edging
- White supercilium
 Similar Species
Canyon Canastero has a longer tail and is more evenly rufous on upperpart including upper tail. They overlap in part but Cordilleran Canastero continues further up in elevation than Canyon.
South America: found in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.
Five subspecies are recognized:
- Central and south-eastern Peru (JunÃn and Cuzco)
- Andes of northern Bolivia (Cochabamba)
- Central Argentina (south to Santa Cruz)
- Andes of Chile (Atacama to Colchagua) and adjacent Argentina
Three further subspecies (cordobae, hilereti and navasi) are no longer generally recognised
Puna, temperate and semi-humid grasslands and rocky scrub.
They run on the ground with tail held upwards.
Their main diet consists of insects such as ants and cockroaches.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- http://birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=159193 Birdforum thread] discussing id of this species
- Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Dec 2017)
- Arthur Grosset
 External Links
This link searches for Cordilleran Canastero under the Chilean name of Canastero Chico