Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Junin Canastero (Asthenes virgata)


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

Synallaxis virgata

P. L. Sclater

, 1874,

Junín, central Peru


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


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


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


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.


No information.


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 (2019). 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 on 11 December 2019).