Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Vulnerable

Puna Thistletail (Asthenes helleri)


Taxonomy

French: Synallaxe de Heller German: Punacanastero Spanish: Piscuiz de la puna
Taxonomy:

Schizœaca helleri

Chapman

, 1923,

Cedrobamba, 12,000 feet [c. 3660 m], Cuzco, Peru

.

See A. harterti. Birds from S Puno (Peru), with darker plumage and probably significantly smaller body size, appear to represent an undescribed taxon. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Andes of S Peru (Cuzco, Puno) and N Bolivia (extreme N La Paz).

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm; 13–16 g. Typical thistletail. Has vague greyish supercilium behind eye, brownish-grey face; crown dark rufescent brown, forehead greyer and faintly... read more

Voice

Song a series of sputtering notes, increasing in volume and then fading at end, “pee-pee-p-p-... read more

Habitat

Páramo grassland and elfin forest; inhabits dense undergrowth in timber-line... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs. Gleans prey from foliage and branches in understorey.

Breeding

No information. Presumably monogamous.

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Bolivian and Peruvian Upper Yungas EBA. Uncommon to fairly common. No population estimates, but total population rather small... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Puna Thistletail (Asthenes helleri). 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/56421 on 13 December 2018).