Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Rock Earthcreeper (Ochetorhynchus andaecola)


French: Chilia des Andes German: Rostschwanz-Erdhacker Spanish: Bandurrita roquera

Uppucerthia [sic] andæcola

d’Orbigny and Lafresnaye

, 1838,

Sicasica, La Paz, Bolivia


Previously placed in Upucerthia. Monotypic.


Andes of Bolivia (La Paz S to Potosí), extreme NE Chile (E Antofagasta) and NW Argentina (Jujuy, Salta, N Catamarca).

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm; 28–34 g. Medium-sized earthcreeper with long, slightly decurved bill. Has buff supercilium, dark brownish postocular band, buff lower face; crown and... read more


Song a piercing “veetveet-veeveeveeveeveee-veet-viree-veetveevee”; a variable-length... read more


Arid montane scrub; locally in puna grassland with rocky arid slopes and ravines with... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods, which are gleaned and extracted from ground. Usually forages solitarily.


Season evidently during austral summer; eggs, nestlings and fledglings in Nov in Argentina. Presumably monogamous. Nest at end of tunnel c... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Habitat occupied is reasonably secure, with overgrazing the only human disturbance.

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Rock Earthcreeper (Ochetorhynchus andaecola). 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).