Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Austral Canastero (Asthenes anthoides)


French: Synallaxe austral German: Graubrustcanastero Spanish: Canastero austral

Synallaxis anthoïdes

P. P. King

, 1831,

no locality; type presumably from Strait of Magellan, Chile


Plumage similarities between this species and A. hudsoni have suggested that the two are sister-taxa, a relationship supported by phylogenetic findings#R#R. Monotypic.


S Chile (Andean foothill region from possibly Concepción S to Aisén, also from Magallanes) and SW Argentina (foothills in S Neuquén S to Chubut, and in Santa Cruz) S to Tierra del Fuego; in winter N to C Chile.

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm; 21–23 g. Relatively short-tailed canastero with striped dorsal pattern like that of a pipit (Anthus). Has dull pale buff supercilium extending... read more


Song a short, even trill lasting c. 1 second, reminiscent of that of A. wyatti; call... read more


Southern temperate grassland; mesic shrub-steppe dominated by Chiliotrichum diffusum and... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods; recorded items are shield-bugs (Pentatomidae), and Coleoptera (of families Chrysomelidae, Carabidae, Tenebrionidae) and their... read more


Season presumably during austral spring-summer; eggs in Dec and fledglings in Jan–Feb. Presumably monogamous. Nest a globular mass of... read more


Mostly resident; some populations possibly migratory, but evidence for this weak. Records N to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered a species of Lower Risk/Least Concern. Uncommon to locally common. Although declines have been reported in recent decades, and... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Austral Canastero (Asthenes anthoides). 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 8 December 2019).