Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Bolivian Earthcreeper (Tarphonomus harterti)


French: Upucerthie de Bolivie German: Blassbauch-Erdhacker Spanish: Bandurrita boliviana

Upucerthia harterti


, 1892,

Trigal and Valle Grande, Santa Cruz, Bolivia


In past, sometimes considered conspecific with T. certhioides. Monotypic.


Andes of Bolivia (S La Paz S to W Tarija) and N Argentina (Salta).

Descriptive notes

16 cm; 22–26 g. Small earthcreeper with long, very slightly decurved bill. Has broad buff supercilium extending to forehead, with mostly dark brownish, grizzled loral... read more


Song a series of 7–15 loud, dry, clear, penetrating “zeet” notes that increase in... read more


Arid montane scrub at 1430–3000 m; inhabits slopes with dense scrub and low deciduous... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods; recorded dietary items are tiny molluscs. Usually solitary. Food gleaned from and extracted from ground and rock crevices.


No information. Presumed to breed during austral summer.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in High Andes of Bolivia and Argentina EBA. Uncommon. Habitat subject to overgrazing and clearance for firewood... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Bolivian Earthcreeper (Tarphonomus harterti). 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 14 November 2019).