Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Many-striped Canastero (Asthenes flammulata)


French: Synallaxe flammé German: Weißstrichelcanastero Spanish: Canastero flamulado

Synalaxis [sic] flammulatus


, 1850,

“lofty table lands of the Andes” near Quito, 14,000 feet [c. 4270 m], Ecuador


Phylogenetic data#R#R support suggestion that this species forms a monophyletic group with A. virgata and A. maculicauda; in past, sometimes considered conspecific with former. Proposed race pallida (N Peru), described as darker above with streaks whiter, paler below with reduced markings and more buffy flanks and undertail-coverts, probably best synonymized with taczanowskii, although sometimes thought distinguishable by clearer back streaking and more of a buff-ochraceous wash on throat and neck. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. f. multostriata (P. L. Sclater, 1858) – E Andes of Colombia (Norte de Santander S to S Cundinamarca).
  • A. f. quindiana (Chapman, 1915) – C Andes of Colombia (Caldas S to Cauca).
  • A. f. flammulata (Jardine, 1850) – W Andes of S Colombia (Nariño) S to extreme N Peru (N Cajamarca).
  • A. f. taczanowskii (Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1894) – Andes of N & C Peru (S Amazonas and S Cajamarca S to Ancash and Junín).
  • Descriptive notes

    16–17 cm; 17–27 g. The most dramatically striped canastero. Nominate race has buff-whitish supercilium, rest of face dark brownish with buff to whitish... read more


    Song in Colombia described as several whining notes followed by rattle; in Ecuador as fast,... read more


    Páramo grassland in timber-line ecotone, usually with scattered bushes or Espeletia... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Solitary or in pairs. Gleans items from ground or low vegetation, including from branches in bushes or low Polylepis.


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common (mainly N races); not well known. Occurs in Cotopaxi National Park and Las Cajas National Recreation Area, in Ecuador.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Many-striped Canastero (Asthenes flammulata). 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).