Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Near Threatened

Cipo Canastero (Asthenes luizae)


French: Synallaxe du Cipo German: Minas-Gerais-Canastero Spanish: Canastero de Cipó

Asthenes luizae


, 1990,

Alto da Boa Vista, 1100 m, near Jaboticatubas, Serra do Cipó, Minas Gerais, Brazil


Phylogenetic data#R indicate that this species forms a separate lineage within this genus. Monotypic.


Espinhaço Range (from Sierra Formosa S to Serra do Cipó#R) in NC & EC Minas Gerais, SE Brazil.

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 25·5–30·5 g. Rather short-billed canastero with medium-length tail. Has narrow whitish supercilium, dark brown or blackish-brown eyeline, rest of... read more


Song a series of usually 11 descending notes, fades towards end, lasts c. 3 seconds; contact call a... read more


Campo rupestre: rocky outcrops with bushy vegetation in grassland; 900–1500 m.

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs; gleans items from ground or rocks.


Six nests found in Sept–Nov 2005 were in Vellozia nivea bushes at c. 14–30 cm above the ground; spherical or... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Previously listed as Endangered. Restricted-range species: present in Central Brazilian Hills and Tablelands... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & de Juana, E. (2019). Cipo Canastero (Asthenes luizae). 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 11 December 2019).