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Vilcabamba Thistletail

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Photo by kitefarrago Vilcabamba, Cusco, Peru July,2017
Photo by kitefarrago
Vilcabamba, Cusco, Peru July,2017
Asthenes vilcabambae

Schizoeaca vilcabambae


[edit] Identification

18–20 cm (7-7¾ in)

[edit] Distribution

South Peru (Cordillera Vilcabamba in Cuzco)

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
Formerly considered conspecific with Ayacucho Thistletail.

[edit] Habitat

Elfin forest and high-altitude grassland.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

There is very little information available; they probably glean arthropods from leaves and branches. They feed in the understorey, either alone or in pairs.

[edit] Breeding

There is no information on breeding behaviour.

[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. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2016. IOC World Bird Names (version 6.3). Available at
  3. Birdforum thread discussing the taxonomy of Schizoeaca
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2018)

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