Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Cream-winged Cinclodes (Cinclodes albiventris)


French: Cinclode à miroir blanc German: Blassbauch-Uferwipper Spanish: Remolinera común meridional

Upucerthia albiventris

R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede] and Landbeck

, 1861,

near Arica, Chile


Previously considered conspecific with C. fuscus and C. albidiventris, but recently split on largely genetic evidence#R#R. Differs from latter in characters given under that species; and from former in its cream vs buff wingstripe (2); rusty-grey vs grey upperparts (1); whitish vs grey-buff underparts (2); resident vs migratory habit (1); and song with greater number of introductory and final notes (2) and highest frequency and/or overall frequency range (2)#R. Sometimes also considered to include C. olrogi as a race, that taxon being very similar to races riojanus and yzurietae. Within area listed for nominate albiventris, plumage varies clinally from darker in N to paler in S; also, birds from drier areas are whiter than those from humid slope of Andes, and are potentially the “true” representatives of that race, leaving presumably the name longipennis (proposed for N populations) available for humid-slope birds; proposed race rivularis supposedly differs from latter in less rufescent back, paler flanks and less heavily margined breast feathers, which matches some specimens from Junín region (Peru), but its type locality (Maraynioc) is at or near humid E slope; whether these two described forms are valid entities requires further study. Five subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. albiventris (R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede] & Landbeck, 1861) – Andes from N Peru (Amazonas) S to Bolivia, N Chile (S to Antofagasta) and NW Argentina (Jujuy S to La Rioja).
  • C. a. tucumanus Chapman, 1919 – NW Argentina (Tucumán).
  • C. a. rufus Nores, 1986 – NW Argentina (Campo de Arenal, in Catamarca).
  • C. a. yzurietae Nores, 1986 – NW Argentina (Sierra del Manchao, in SE Catamarca).
  • C. a. riojanus Nores, 1986 – NW Argentina (Sierra de Famatina, in La Rioja).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–19 cm; 20·5–33·8 g (nominate), 23–31·2 g (tucumanus). Small cinclodes with relatively short bill. Sexes alike. Differs from formerly conspecific C. fuscus... read more


    Song, rendered “cheet, cheet, cheet, prre EEEEOOOO, OOOOEEEEEE’cheet’ cheet’cheet…”, rises and... read more


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

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates; also seeds. Prey recorded include Coleoptera of families Carabidae and Tenebrionidae, also various flies (Diptera). Forages... read more


    Breeds during austral spring-summer. In NW Argentina, nest with eggs in Salta in late Nov and another with young in Feb in Jujuy (nominate... read more


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

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Cream-winged Cinclodes (Cinclodes albiventris). 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 26 February 2020).