Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Buffy Tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura berlepschi)


Taxonomy

French: Synallaxe du Jujuy German: Ockerbauch-Meisenschlüpfer Spanish: Tijeral colinegro serrano
Taxonomy:

Leptasthenura aegithaloides berlepschi

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1909,

Augusto Pericheli, 2550 m, Jujuy, Argentina

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Hitherto treated as conspecific with L. aegithaloides and L. pallida. Differs from former in its vaguely grey-dappled vs clear white throat (2); pale streaking on mantle and back, at least on most individuals (1); buffier dorsal upperparts and belly (1); buff-tinged brown undertail-coverts (ns[1]); longer wing (effect size 2.96, score 2); and shorter notes (3) in presumed song (a long series of notes) with a much smaller ratio of note-length:pause-length (3), as well as very different note shape (short and upslurred vs long and curly) (ns[2])#R. Differs from latter in its darker, buffier belly (1); pale streaks on mantle and back vs only on upper mantle (1); longer wing (effect size 1.49, score 1); and shorter notes (3) in presumed song with much smaller ratio of note-length:pause-length (3). Monotypic.

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Distribution:

Andes of S Peru (C Puno, E Tacna), N Chile (Tarapacá, Antofagasta), W Bolivia (La Paz S to Potosí) and NW Argentina (Jujuy S to Catamarca).

Descriptive notes

15–18 cm; 7·5–10 g. Typical tit-spinetail. Sexes alike. Compared to L. aegithaloides and L. pallida, both of which were formerly conspecific with the... read more

Voice

Song is a buzzy chatter or descending tinkling trill, being described as higher-pitched, simpler... read more

Habitat

Puna grassland and altiplano with scattered scrub, especially around villages. At... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Usually forages in pairs or in small groups, possibly family parties; in single-species flocks of up to 40 individuals in non-... read more

Breeding

Fifteen nests in Jujuy (NW Argentina) in Feb had either eggs or small young; fledglings also observed at this time elsewhere in NW... read more

Movements

Presumably largely resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common in much of its range. Occurs in Calilegua National Park, in NW Argentina. Appears able to tolerate modest habitat... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Buffy Tit-spinetail (Leptasthenura 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/1343654 on 21 August 2019).