Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Buff-winged Cinclodes (Cinclodes fuscus)


French: Cinclode brun German: Kurzschnabel-Uferwipper Spanish: Remolinera fusca
Other common names: Bar-winged Cinclodes (when lumped with C. albidiventris and C. albiventris)

Anthus fuscus


, 1818,

“Less rare in the fields of Montevideo and Buenos Aires than in Paraguay.”


Previously considered conspecific with C. albidiventris and C. albiventris (which see). Monotypic.


C & S Chile (S from Atacama) and C & S Argentina (Mendoza S to Tierra del Fuego); migrates to S Brazil, SE Paraguay, Uruguay and N Argentina (N to Corrientes).

Descriptive notes

15–19·4 cm; 29–33 g. Small cinclodes with relatively short bill. Adult has conspicuous light buffish-white supercilium, speckled forehead, dark grey-brown... read more


Song a short, fast, dry trill, “t-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-t”, lasting c. 2 seconds, often... read more


Páramo grassland, puna grassland, southern temperate grassland, arid montane scrub... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates; also seeds. In detailed analysis of stomach contents of birds from a river island in Argentina during austral winter, diet... read more


Breeds during austral spring-summer; eggs in Sept–Jan in Chile and Argentina, with incubation in Nov (exceptionally in early Dec) and... read more


Largely migratory, with birds forming flocks of up to ten individuals post-breeding and populations... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread throughout most of range; the commonest member of genus in many places. In many areas occupied by this species... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Buff-winged Cinclodes (Cinclodes fuscus). 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 25 February 2020).