Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Near Threatened

Berlepsch's Canastero (Asthenes berlepschi)


French: Synallaxe de Berlepsch German: Cordillera-Real-Canastero Spanish: Canastero de Berlepsch

Siptornis berlepschi


, 1917,

Chilcani, La Paz, Bolivia


May be conspecific with A. dorbignyi, with treatment as species based more on historical momentum than on taxonomic analysis. Monotypic.


Consata Valley and its tributaries, on E slope of Andes of NW Bolivia (NC La Paz).

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm. Has inconspicuous greyish supercilium, blackish lores and auriculars; crown warm brown, becoming paler and duller on back, rufous rump and uppertail-coverts;... read more


Song a trill similar to that of A. dorbignyi.


Semi-arid montane scrub (Baccharis pentlandii) and patches of vegetation around human... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Solitary or in pairs; evidently gleans arthropods from ground and perhaps low vegetation.


Season probably during austral spring-summer. Nest placed in tree. No further information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in High Andes of Bolivia and Argentina EBA. Not well known; appears to be... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Berlepsch's Canastero (Asthenes berlepschi). 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 29 February 2020).