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Old Friday 14th December 2012, 21:43   #1
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Which species is this?

Sajama National park, Bolivia @ 4365 metres elevation 12.Nov12.
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Old Friday 14th December 2012, 22:15   #2
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Unfortunately I can't help with ID but that's one fantastic shot!
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Might be one of the Tyrannidae family, but which one there must be around 200 to choose from!
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Old Friday 14th December 2012, 23:59   #4
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Doesn't look right for a tyrant fly to me. Looks more like a wren -- a house wren was the first thing that popped into my mind. Tail looks a little long for that species, although I've seen HOWRs with their tail uncocked and it's surprising how different they look that way. I don't know if House Wrens/similar species occur in Bolivia, though.

I may be hugely off base, of course. Be interested to know what it is.
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Old Saturday 15th December 2012, 00:08   #5
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Perhaps this image can help a bit as the partner's orange tail is visible?
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Old Saturday 15th December 2012, 00:40   #6
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Looks like a spinetail to me, not sure what the candidate species are for the area. Doesn't look good for House Wren to me, plumage- or structure-wise.
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Old Saturday 15th December 2012, 00:45   #7
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It's a furnarid (ovenbird). I'd guess a canastero species, but that's as far as I can go because I have no guide covering that area.

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If this is of any help, Sajama National Park is on the Bolivian/north Chilean border, and is adjacent to Chile's Lauca National Park. So Jaramillo guide Birds of Chile might be useful. Of the six castanero species in that book, Cordilleran Castanero is the only one with an altitude range encompassing 4300 meters.
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If this is of any help, Sajama National Park is on the Bolivian/north Chilean border, and is adjacent to Chile's Lauca National Park. So Jaramillo guide Birds of Chile might be useful. Of the six castanero species in that book, Cordilleran Castanero is the only one with an altitude range encompassing 4300 meters.
Thanks for your very useful input! It's looks very much like Asthenes modesta!
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Sure thing. I was simply building on Jim Moore's suggestion.
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Looks like I was really "off base" with my tyrant flycatcher suggestion!

Way to go guys!
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I am late to the thread (it is not a demand, but mention of the location in the thread title would be helpful). My immediate impression was also Canastero/Spinetail.

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Old Tuesday 18th December 2012, 13:39   #13
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I agree with Microtus, based on the bird in the background on the bottom of the second image, the dark brown of the central rectrixes and "short feel" of the tail for a Canastero I'd say it's a Cordilleran Canastero.
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Looks like I was really "off base" with my tyrant flycatcher suggestion!

Way to go guys!
A tyrant flycatcher was the very first thing that came to my mind too Larry (not questioning Canastero)

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A tyrant flycatcher was the very first thing that came to my mind too Larry (not questioning Canastero)
That makes me feel a little better! At least I was not out there standing all by myself!
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