Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Near Threatened

Line-fronted Canastero (Asthenes urubambensis)


French: Synallaxe inca German: Dunkelrückencanastero Spanish: Canastero del Urubamba

Siptornis urubambensis


, 1919,

Machu Picchu, 14,000 feet [c. 4270 m], Cuzco, Peru


Plumage similarities suggest closer relationship to A. flammulata and A. virgata or to A. maculicauda than to others in genus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. u. huallagae (J. T. Zimmer, 1924) – Andes of C Peru (San Martín S to Pasco).
  • A. u. urubambensis (Chapman, 1919) – Andes of S Peru (Cuzco, Puno) and W Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    17–18 cm; 16–20 g. A large and heavily striped canastero, with narrow and “spiny” tail reminiscent of that of Schizoeaca. Nominate race has conspicuous... read more


    Song an ascending trill; call a high “tseut”.


    Páramo grassland and timber-line ecotone with mossy scrub with Gynoxis and ... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs. More arboreal than congeners, hops along branches; also walks on ground in manner of a pipit (... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in High Andes of Bolivia and Argentina EBA and Peruvian High Andes EBA. Rare... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Line-fronted Canastero (Asthenes urubambensis). 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 13 December 2019).