Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Canyon Canastero (Asthenes pudibunda)


French: Synallaxe des canyons German: Rostschwanzcanastero Spanish: Canastero peruano

Synallaxis pudibunda

P. L. Sclater

, 1874,

Obrailla, near Canta, Lima, Peru


Genetic data#R show this to be sister-species of A. vilcabambae. See also A. ottonis. Plumage differences of race grisior possibly due to clinal variation; further study needed. Proposed race saturata (W Peru) indistinguishable from neglecta. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. p. neglecta (Cory, 1916) – NW Peru in W Andes (La Libertad, Ancash).
  • A. p. pudibunda (P. L. Sclater, 1874) – W Peru in W Andes (Lima).
  • A. p. grisior Koepcke, 1961 – Andes of SW Peru (Huancavelica to Tacna) and N Chile (N Tarapacá).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–17 cm; 13–17 g. Nominate race has narrow buff supercilium, dark brownish lores and indistinct postocular line; rest of face grey-brown, faintly flammulated;... read more


    Song a loud, accelerating trill with a few introductory notes; call described as “kee-whit... read more


    Arid montane scrub, usually in rocky areas, often in ravines, occasionally with small trees,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Solitary or in pairs. Gleans items from branches in low vegetation, with occasional acrobatic hitching and climbing manoeuvres... read more


    Fledgling in May. No other information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian High Andes EBA. Uncommon to fairly common. Much of its habitat is subject to at least moderate grazing.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Canyon Canastero (Asthenes pudibunda). 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 27 January 2020).