White-chinned Thistletail Asthenes fuliginosa


The White-chinned Thistletail is a small, secretive furnariid of the Andes of northwestern South American. Found from western Venezuela south to central Peru, the species inhabits the undergrowth of montane forest near treeline, between 2800 and 3500 meters in elevation. It is dark chestnut brown on the crown, neck, back, wings, and long, spiky tail, with gray superciliary, lower neck, and underparts save for a small white chin patch. Since it lives in very dense habitat, White-chinned Thistletail is very difficult to observe as it crawls and hops around near the ground, but it can be located by listening for its thin, high, descending trill of a song.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

White-chinned Thistletail (Asthenes fuliginosa), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: