Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Grey-flanked Cinclodes (Cinclodes oustaleti)


French: Cinclode d’Oustalet German: Grauflanken-Uferwipper Spanish: Remolinera chica

Cinclodes oustaleti

W. E. D. Scott

, 1900,

Valparaíso, central Chile


Genetic data indicate close relationship to C. olrogi#R#R (which see). Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. o. baeckstroemii Lönnberg, 1921 – Alejandro Selkirk I, in Juan Fernández Is, off C Chile.
  • C. o. oustaleti W. E. D. Scott, 1900 – Chile (Antofagasta S to Aisén) and W Argentina (Mendoza S to W Santa Cruz).
  • C. o. hornensis Dabbene, 1917 – Desolación I (S Chile), Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn Archipelago; some migrate N to S Argentina and C Chile.
  • Descriptive notes

    17–18 cm; 22–31 g. Small, dark cinclodes with medium-length, slightly decurved bill. Nominate race has buff super­cilium, speckled at front, blackish-brown... read more


    Song is similar to its congeners, a fast dry twittery trill rising in pitch , introduced by a few... read more


    Open grassy and rocky areas, from sea-level to 4200 m. In montane areas, often found near streams. read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods and presumably other invertebrates, gleaned from ground, grass and rocks. Forages singly or in pairs.


    Breeds during austral spring-summer; eggs in Oct in S Chile, and nestlings in Oct in CW Argentina. Presumably monogamous. Nest at end of... read more


    Many populations apparently resident, but much downslope movement in winter. S race hornensis... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Occurs in Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, in Chile, and in Tierra del Fuego National Park, in Argentina. Habitat... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr & Boesman, P. (2020). Grey-flanked Cinclodes (Cinclodes oustaleti). 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 17 February 2020).