Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Buff-breasted Earthcreeper (Upucerthia validirostris)


Taxonomy

French: Upucerthie fauve German: Langschnabel-Erdhacker Spanish: Bandurrita ocrácea
Other common names: Plain-breasted Earthcreeper (jelskii, saturata)
Taxonomy:

Ochetorhynchus validirostris

Burmeister

, 1861,

Sierra de Mendoza, Argentina

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Here includes U. jelskii following detailed review#R called for in HBW; review also reduced total number of races to three (large, rufescent, buff-bellied validirostris, including rufescens; small, pale jelskii, including pallida; and small, dark, brownish saturata), although further clarification needed. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • U. v. saturata Carriker, 1933 – W Andes of C Peru (Ancash, Huánuco, NW Pasco).
  • U. v. jelskii (Cabanis, 1874) – Andes of C & S Peru (Lima and Junín to Puno), N Chile (Tarapacá), W Bolivia (La Paz S to Potosí) and NW Argentina (Jujuy).
  • U. v. validirostris (Burmeister, 1861) – NW Argentina (Salta S to La Rioja and Mendoza, W Córdoba).
  • Descriptive notes

    19–21 cm; 30–45 g. Medium-sized, rather plain earthcreeper with long, strongly decurved bill. Has pale buffish-white supercilium, nearly uniform dull brownish-... read more

    Voice

    Song a long dry trill of 10 or more “tyik” notes at c. 5 per second; call a low “... read more

    Habitat

    Puna grassland mostly at 2700–4000 m, locally down to 2500 m and up to 5000 m;... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods; Coleoptera, Diptera and springtails (Collembola) recorded. Usually solitary. Probes in and gleans from ground.

    Breeding

    Breeds during austral summer; eggs from Nov and nestlings in Feb–Mar in Argentina. Presumably monogamous. Nest at end of tunnel c. 0·... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to locally fairly common. Habitat occupied is reasonably safe from anthropogenic disturbances, except overgrazing.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Buff-breasted Earthcreeper (Upucerthia validirostris). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56370 on 19 February 2019).