Cipo Canastero Asthenes luizae

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Described as recently as the 1980s, by the late Jacques Vielliard, the Cipo Canastero is a Brazilian endemic restricted to a handful of localities in south-central Minas Gerais, where it inhabits isolated rocky outcrops and associated dry vegetation between 1000 and 2000 m. It is mainly terrestrial, preferring the steepest and most vegetated slopes. Despite its habitat being relatively remote, and of little or no agricultural value, this canastero, which is the only species of Asthenes in Brazil, is threatened by Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis) parasitism and some degree of habitat degradation. The species is considered Vulnerable under IUCN criteria for examining conservation threat status. The specific name luizae honors the wife of the first ornithologist to collect the Cipo Canastero, Frederico Lencioni Neto.

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Recommended Citation

Cipo Canastero (Asthenes luizae), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: