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Photo © by Stanley JonesAbra Malaga, near Ollantaytambo, Cusco Department Peru, September, 2018
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Abra Malaga, near Ollantaytambo, Cusco Department Peru, September, 2018
Asthenes helleri

Schizoeaca helleri

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[edit] Identification

17–18 cm (6¾-7 in)

  • Greyish supercilium
  • Brownish-grey face
  • Reddish-brown crown
  • Greyish underparts

[edit] Distribution

South America: found in the Andes of southern Peru (southern Cuzco and Puno)

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species1.

Moved to genus Asthenes by Clements (2010)[1] and IOC (2010)[1].

[edit] Habitat

Alpine grassland and elfin forest. They keep to the dense undergrowth along the tree-line. Observed at heights around 3,256 m, in puna scrub with small patches of Polylepis forest.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Their main diet consists of arthropods, gleaned from branches and foliage in the understorey. They forage alone or in pairs.

[edit] Breeding

They are thought to be monogamous, but there is no other information available.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Birdforum thread discussing the taxonomy of Schizoeaca
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2018)
  5. BF Member observations

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