Birds of Peru

    PASSERIFORMES: Furnariidae (Ovenbirds)  
Genus: Asthenes (19 species, 30 worldwide)

Genus Asthenes, Canasteros and Thistletails, are small insect-eating brownish birds with thin and long tails, and generally found at high altitudes. Canastero means 'basket-maker', and describes the nest.


Dark-winged Canastero
Dark-winged Canastero (Asthenes arequipae)
Colca Canyon, Peru  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


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Ayacucho Thistletail (Asthenes ayacuchensis) ENDEMIC
   



Rusty-vented Canastero
Rusty-vented Canastero (Asthenes dorbignyi dorbignyi)
Purmamarca, Argentina  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


Many-striped Canastero
Many-striped Canastero (Asthenes flammulata flammulata)
Papallacta Pass, Ecuador
  Also streaked in front.
   
Photograph by Graham Montgomery   © All Rights Reserved.

Found above 3000m. Common and widespread.

White-chinned Thistletail
White-chinned Thistletail (Asthenes fuliginosa)
Papallacta, Ecuador
  White chin very small and hard to see in the field.
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Found above 3000m.

Mouse-colored Thistletail
Mouse-colored Thistletail (Asthenes griseomurina)
Tapichalaca Reserve, Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador  
   
Photograph by Graham Montgomery   © All Rights Reserved.


Puna Thistletail
Puna Thistletail (Asthenes helleri) Vulnerable
Wayqecha, Peru  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.


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Pale-tailed Canastero (Asthenes huancavelicae) Near Threatened ENDEMIC
   


Combines what HBW calls White-tailed Canastero (subspecies usheri) and Huancavelica Canastero (subspecies huancavelicae) into one species. Presumably taxonomy is in flux.

Streak-throated Canastero
Streak-throated Canastero (Asthenes humilis robusta)
Salinas, Arequipa, Peru  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Found in the puna up to 4700m, usually where there are rocks (HBW). Note some streaking on back and streaked throat, with plain breast/belly and cap.

Scribble-tailed Canastero
Scribble-tailed Canastero (Asthenes maculicauda)
La Paz, Bolivia  
   
Photograph by Graham Ekins   © All Rights Reserved.


Cordilleran Canastero
Cordilleran Canastero (Asthenes modesta)
Salinas, Arequipa, Peru  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Compare to [Canyon Canastero]. Found in open puna over 4000. Look for black stripe in center of tail, and light colored front with few markings.

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Rusty-fronted Canastero (Asthenes ottonis) ENDEMIC
   



Eye-ringed Thistletail
Eye-ringed Thistletail (Asthenes palpebralis) ENDEMIC
Puente Carrizal, Satipo road, Junín, Peru  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.


Canyon Canastero
Canyon Canastero (Asthenes pudibunda)
San Pedro de Casta, Peru  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Canyon Canastero
Canyon Canastero (Asthenes pudibunda grisior)
Colca Canyon, Peru  
   
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

Most similar to the [Cordilleran Canastero]. Prefers denser habitat as opposed to open puna, and is darker in front. Also less likely to show black stripe on tail.

Puna Canastero
Puna Canastero (Asthenes sclateri)
La Cuesta del Obispo, Salta province, Argentina  
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Resident of the puna ecosystem, in Peru through Bolivia to Argentina.

Line-fronted Canastero
Line-fronted Canastero (Asthenes urubambensis huallagae) Near Threatened
Bosque Unchog, Huanuco, Peru  
   
Photograph by Bruno Conjeaud   © All Rights Reserved.

Arboreal unlike most canastero. Found over 3000m, and also a bit larger than most.

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Vilcabamba Thistletail (Asthenes vilcabambae) ENDEMIC
   



Junin Canastero
Junin Canastero (Asthenes virgata) ENDEMIC
Runatullo, Junín region, Peru
  Similar to the [Many-striped Canastero], but no range overlap.
   
Photograph by Tropical Birding (Nick Athanas)   © All Rights Reserved.

Uncommon at high elevations (over 3300 m.) and similar to Many-Striped Canastero, but slightly less streaked and less rufous on wings.

Streak-backed Canastero
Streak-backed Canastero (Asthenes wyatti phelpsi)
Sierra de Perijá, Colombia  
   
Photograph by David Ascanio - www.abtbirds.com   © All Rights Reserved.

Found above 3000m. Note plain throat and chest, and streaking on back and cap.


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