Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Near Threatened

Huancavelica Canastero (Asthenes huancavelicae)


French: Synallaxe à queue pâle German: Grauwangencanastero Spanish: Canastero de Huancavelica

Asthenes d’orbignyi huancavelicæ


, 1938,

Yauli, 11,000 feet [c. 3350 m], Huancavelica, Peru


Usually treated as a race of A. dorbignyi but sometimes split, almost always with A. usheri as a race. Differs from A. usheri and A. arequipae in characters given under those species. Differs from A. dorbignyi in its slightly smaller size (best reflected in its shorter tail; score at least 1); slightly paler rump (1); more obvious supercilium (1); weak rufous bib (1); and shorter, lower-pitched and slower-paced trilled song (3) (but only one recording of A. huancavelicae available)#R. Undescribed taxon from Ancash fairly similar morphologically to present species but vocally appears closest to A. dorbignyi; may be a separate species#R. Monotypic.

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Andes of W & SC Peru (locally in Ancash, also Huancavelica and Ayacucho).

Descriptive notes

14–16 cm. A handsomely patterned unstreaked canastero with conspicuously contrasting rump. Sexes alike. Juvenile lacks throat patch, has faint mottling on breast and belly.... read more


Song of birds in Huancavelica and Ayacucho is a high-pitched, intense trill lasting c. 2 seconds,... read more


Arid montane scrub; a variety of arid scrubby habitats, often with columnar cacti, e.g. Opuntia... read more

Food and feeding

No information, but diet and foraging behaviour presumably as in A. dorbignyi.


In Huancavelica, eggs in May, and active nests in Dec and Mar, with juveniles recorded in Huancavelica and Ayacucho in Feb, May Sept and... read more


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Population estimated at fewer than 10,000 individuals within an overall range of c. 47,900 km². Locally common... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Huancavelica Canastero (Asthenes huancavelicae). 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).