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Photo by Stanley Jones
Parque Nacional, Cayambe-Coca, Guamaní, Napo Province, Ecuador, January 2016
Cinclodes excelsior


20–21 cm (7¾-8¼ in)
Upperside relatively dark, underside medium grey-brown, white throat, buffish-white supercilium, chestnut to buffy wing bar mostly concealed, curved bill.

Similar Species

Cream-winged Cinclodes and Chestnut-winged Cinclodes have straighter and shorter bill.


South America: found in Colombia, and Ecuador; possibly also Peru.


Royal Cinclodes has in the past been considered a subspecies of Stout-billed Cinclodes.


Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C. e. columbianus:
  • Northern Colombia (Santa Marta Mountains and Nevado de Tolima)
  • C. e. excelsior
  • Andes of south-western Colombia and Andes of Ecuador


Montane humid, and semi-humid shrubland and rocky grassland. Observed at heights around 3500 tp 4200m.



They probe mud for food, sometimes as a pair. Their main diet consists of invertebrates, with some seeds. They also occasionally eat small vertebrates, such as frogs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Ridgely and Tudor 2009. Field guide to the songbirds of South America - The Passerines. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-71979-8
  3. Restall et al. 2006. Birds of Northern South America. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300124156
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2016)
  5. BF Member observations

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