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Cordilleran Canastero

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Photo by Stanley Jones Ancash, Lima, Peru, August, 2017
Photo by Stanley Jones
Ancash, Lima, Peru, August, 2017
Asthenes modesta

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[edit] Identification

  • Brown upperparts
  • Grey head
  • Pale underparts
  • Dull streaked breast
  • Brown tail, rufous edging
  • White supercilium

[edit] 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.

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Five subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • A.m. proxima:
  • Central and south-eastern Peru (Junín and Cuzco)
  • A.m. modesta:
  • A.m. rostrata:
  • Andes of northern Bolivia (Cochabamba)
  • A.m. serrana:
  • Central Argentina (south to Santa Cruz)
  • A.m. australis:
  • Andes of Chile (Atacama to Colchagua) and adjacent Argentina

Three further subspecies (cordobae, hilereti and navasi) are no longer generally recognised[2]

[edit] Habitat

Grasslands and rocky scrub.

[edit] Behaviour

Likes to run on the ground with tail held upwards.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Avibase
  3. http://birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=159193 Birdforum thread] discussing id of this species
  4. Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3
  5. Wikipedia
  6. Arthur Grosset

[edit] External Links


This link searches for Cordilleran Canastero under the Chilean name of Canastero Chico

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