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Cordilleran Canastero Asthenes modesta

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Cordilleran Canastero is a small Furnariid found along the majority of the Andean chain from Peru south to Patagonia. The species is pale tan above with a thin black bill, pale superciliary, whitish throat with a orange central patch, streaked buffy underparts, and long, wren-like tail with rufous outer tail feathers. Cordilleran Canastero can be separated from other similar species by the amount of streaking on the neck and flanks, coloration of lateral rectrices, habitat, and vocalizations. Strongly terrestrial and curious, this canastero is often detected by its chattering, trilling song as it roams around boulder-strewn grasslands.

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

Recommended Citation

Cordilleran Canastero (Asthenes modesta), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: