Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Dusky-tailed Canastero (Pseudasthenes humicola)


French: Synallaxe à queue noire German: Rostschultercanastero Spanish: Canastero colinegro

Synnalaxis [sic] humicola


, 1830,

near Valparaíso, Chile


Sister to all three of its congeners, based on genetic data#R; plumage similarities and biogeography suggest closest to P. patagonica. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. h. goodalli (Marín et al., 1989) – N Chile (SW Antofagasta).
  • P. h. humicola (Kittlitz, 1830) – NC Chile (Atacama S to N Maule); old record from W Argentina (N Mendoza) requires confirmation.
  • P. h. polysticta (Hellmayr, 1925) – SC Chile (S Maule, Concepción, Arauco, Malleco).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 18–24 g. One of the darkest and dullest of all canasteros. Nominate race has narrow supercilium and supraloral spots whitish, rest of face dark grey-... read more


    Song described as a loud clear trill; birds also give a ticking “ts-ts-ts-ts-ts-ts-ts”.


    Arid montane scrub, arid lowland scrub; dense matorral scrub, and semi-arid hillside scrub... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little known. Solitary or in pairs. Apparently gleans arthropods from low foliage or ground; usually within 1 m of ground.


    Reported to have two broods per year, one in Aug, a second in Nov; eggs in Jan in Argentina. Presumably monogamous. Nest a conspicuous... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Chile EBA. Uncommon to fairly common. In most of range its habitat is subject to at least moderate... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Dusky-tailed Canastero (Pseudasthenes humicola). 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 29 January 2020).