Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)


Perija Thistletail (Asthenes perijana)


French: Synallaxe de la Perija German: Perijacanastero Spanish: Piscuiz del Perijá

Schizoeaca perijana

Phelps, Jr

, 1977,

camp “Frontera 2”, Sierra de Perijá, 3000 m, Zulia, Venezuela


See A. harterti. Monotypic.


Sierra de Perijá, in NE Colombia and NW Venezuela.

Descriptive notes

19–22 cm; 16–21 g. Typical thistletail, with long ragged-looking tail, fairly slender bill. Has faint greyish super­cilium; crown, upperparts and tail greyish... read more


Song starts with some 3-5 drawn out high-pitched "pee" notes followed by a short... read more


Páramo grassland, in areas of dense undergrowth and adjacent grass in timber-line... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods; berries evidently taken occasionally. Forages singly or in pairs in undergrowth. No information on techniques; probably gleans... read more


Adults in breeding condition and immatures recorded in Jul. No further information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian East Andes EBA. Known from very few localities. Apart from specimens, known from sightings in Colombia in July 2008... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr, Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Perija Thistletail (Asthenes perijana). 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 25 February 2020).