Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-winged Cinclodes (Cinclodes albidiventris)


French: Cinclode à miroir marron German: Zimtflügel-Uferwipper Spanish: Remolinera común septentrional

Cinclodes albidiventris

P. L. Sclater

, 1860,

Mount Chimborazo, 14,000 feet [c. 4270 m], Ecuador


Previously considered conspecific with C. fuscus and C. albiventris, but recently split on largely genetic evidence#R. Differs from C. albiventris in its chestnut vs cream wingstripe (3); rufous vs milky-buff distal outer rectrices (2); darker underparts and with distinctly pale-mottled brownish breast (2); song a rattling rising trill vs more complex-paced (2), falling and rising but mostly much higher-pitched (3) series of notes#R. Differs from C. fuscus in its chestnut vs buff wingstripe (2); rufous vs whitish-buff distal outer rectrices (2); darker underparts and with distinctly pale-mottled brownish breast (2); resident vs migratory habit (1); song rather similar but note length longer (2) and pace slower (2). Proposed race paramo (Nariño, in SW Colombia) described as differing from oreobates in shorter wings and tail, but overlap in measurements is extensive. Three subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. heterurus Madarász, 1903 – Andes of W Venezuela (S Lara, Trujillo, Mérida).
  • C. a. oreobates W. E. D. Scott, 1900 – Colombia in Santa Marta Mts and E & C Andes (N Boyacá S to S Cundinamarca, and Cauca S to Nariño), and Andes of SW Venezuela (S Táchira); possibly also NW Ecuador (Carchi).
  • C. a. albidiventris P. L. Sclater, 1860 – N Ecuador (S from Imbabura, possibly from Carchi) S to N Peru (Piura, Cajamarca).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–19 cm; 36·2 g (nominate). Small cinclodes with relatively short bill. For differences from previously conspecific C. albiventris see that species; also previously... read more


    Song (by male) is a brief (c. 2-seconds-long), high-pitched trill, sometimes given in display... read more


    Páramo grassland, arid montane scrub; variety of open, grassy habitats, from páramo... read more

    Food and feeding

    Virtually no specific information on diet, but presumably similar to that of C. fuscus; adult observed feeding a lepidopteran... read more


    Timing over most of range uncertain, but active nests at various stages in E Ecuador found in May, Aug, Oct, Nov, Dec and Jan; in addition... read more


    Most populations largely resident; some downslope movement in winter or during bad weather.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common and widespread throughout most of range, although considered to be rather local in Colombia; the commonest member of genus in... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Chestnut-winged Cinclodes (Cinclodes albidiventris). 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 8 December 2019).