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Leptasthenura yanacensis

Tawny Tit-Spinetail

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Furnariidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Tom Johnson

Leptasthenura yanacensis

Pongo-La Cumbre, La Paz dept, Bolivia; 2 September 2009 © Håkan Sandin

Tawny Tit-Spinetail is a rare furnariid of very high elevations in the central Andes. Found in isolated populations from central Peru south to northern Argentina, the species inhabits sparse vegetation and dwarf Polylepis woodland from 3200-4600 m. It is long-tailed, rufous above and bright tawny buff below and a rusty postocular stripe setting off a tawny buff superciliary. It is very active in its flocking and foraging behavior, and is more vocal than other tit-spinetails, frequently giving high pitched twittering and chipping calls as well as a long, high, trilling song. Due to fragmentation of its rare Polylepis habitat, Tawny Tit-Spinetail is considered to be Near Threatened by the IUCN Red List.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Tom Johnson. 2012. Tawny Tit-Spinetail (Leptasthenura yanacensis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Polylepis woodland
  • Foraging Strata:Understory/Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Mixed Flocks
  • Mating System:
  • Nest Form:Spherical
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Near Threatened