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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


[edit] Identification

Showing orange throat patchPhoto by njlarsenLauca NP, Chile, November 2009
Showing orange throat patch
Photo by njlarsen
Lauca NP, Chile, November 2009

15–16 cm (6-6¼ in)

  • Brown upperparts
  • Grey head
  • Pale underparts
  • Orange throat patch
  • 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

Puna, temperate and semi-humid grasslands and rocky scrub.

[edit] Behaviour

They run on the ground with tail held upwards.

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of insects such as ants and cockroaches.

[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. Avibase
  3. Birdforum thread] discussing id of this species
  4. Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Dec 2017)
  6. Wikipedia
  7. Arthur Grosset

[edit] External Links

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


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