Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Junin Canastero (Asthenes virgata)


Taxonomy

French: Synallaxe de Junin German: Braunschwanzcanastero Spanish: Canastero de Junín
Taxonomy:

Synallaxis virgata

P. L. Sclater

, 1874,

Junín, central Peru

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See A. flammulata. Phylogenetic data#R#R indicate that present species and A. maculicauda are sister-taxa. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Andes of C & S Peru (Lima, Junín, Ayacucho, Apurímac, Cuzco, Puno).

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; 22 g. Has broad but rather “messy” greyish-white supercilium; rest of face a mix of dark brown and greyish feathers with varying amounts of pale... read more

Voice

Song 2–3 notes followed by descending trilled series, “trree, trree, trree... read more

Habitat

Páramo and puna grassland, in timber-line ecotone, with lush, tall bunch-grasses... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Solitary or in pairs; gleans arthropods from ground or low vegetation.

Breeding

No information.

Movements

Resident; some downslope movement during snowstorms reported.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian High Andes EBA and Junín Puna EBA. Rare to uncommon; poorly known. Occurs in Machu Picchu Historical... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2018). Junin Canastero (Asthenes virgata). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56500 on 14 December 2018).