Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Dark-bellied Cinclodes (Cinclodes patagonicus)


French: Cinclode à ventre sombre German: Streifenbrust-Uferwipper Spanish: Remolinera araucana

Motacilla patagonica

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

Tierra del Fuego


Genetic data#R#R indicate that this species is sister to the pair C. taczanowskii and C. nigrofumosus. Race chilensis poorly differentiated, perhaps not diagnosable. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. p. chilensis (Lesson, 1828) – SC Chile (Valparaíso S to N Aisén) and W Argentina (Mendoza S to N Santa Cruz).
  • C. p. patagonicus (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – S Chile (from NC Aisén) and S Argentina (from S Santa Cruz) S to Tierra del Fuego.
  • Descriptive notes

    18–20 cm; 37–54 g. Fairly large, dark cinclodes with long, slightly decurved bill. Nominate race has conspicuous white supercilium extending narrowly to forehead... read more


    Song a long, complex series of musical notes and trills; call a sharp “tjit”, sometimes... read more


    Coastal rocky beaches, shores of lakes, rivers, and streams; sea-level to 2500 m.

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, gleaned from ground, rocks, beach debris and edge of water. Forages solitarily or in pairs.


    Season evidently during austral spring-summer; eggs recorded in Sept–Jan, nestlings in Dec and fledglings in Nov–Jan.... read more


    Mostly resident; some downslope movement in winter. Apparently leaves Tierra del Fuego after... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common and widespread throughout range. Occurs in Vicente Pérez Rosales and Nahuelbuta National Parks, in Chile, and in Tierra del... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Dark-bellied Cinclodes (Cinclodes patagonicus). 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).