Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Arequipa Canastero (Asthenes arequipae)


French: Synallaxe à ailes sombres German: Dunkelflügelcanastero Spanish: Canastero de Arequipa

Synallaxis arequipæ

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1869,

Arequipa, Peru


Usually treated as a race of A. dorbignyi. Sometimes split, a view adopted here on account of its duller, greyer head sides and supercilium (2); greatly reduced rufous in wing (2); large overall size with longest wing (at least 1); and seemingly structureless song, with a wide variety of paces and pitches (3), and with unique fairly low-pitched rounded overslurred notes (2)#R. Undescribed taxon from Ayacucho (SW Peru) very distinctive in plumage, but rather similar in voice to present species; probably represents either a race of present species or a separate species#R. Monotypic.


W slope of Andes of SW Peru (Lima S to Tacna and S Puno), N Chile (Tarapacá) and W Bolivia (SW La Paz, NW Oruro).

Descriptive notes

15–17·1 cm; 18–22 g. A handsomely patterned unstreaked canastero with conspicuously contrasting rump, and a comparatively heavy bill and short tail. Brown head with grey... read more


Song is a variable trill lasting 2–8 seconds formed of three parts, the first descending, followed... read more


Inhabits the pre-puna shrub zone with many large (Echinopsis) cacti, as well as... read more

Food and feeding

Almost nothing known, but diet comprises insects and seeds, and foraging behaviour apparently much like that of A. dorbignyi,... read more


Season presumably during austral spring-summer; eggs in Nov–Dec in Peru (Arequipa, Tarapacá, Puno). Presumably monogamous. Nest a large... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common and widespread in Peruvian range. Tolerates moderate habitat degradation, including severe overgrazing, and found in... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Arequipa Canastero (Asthenes arequipae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 December 2019).