Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Critically Endangered

Royal Cinclodes (Cinclodes aricomae)


Taxonomy

French: Cinclode royal German: Weißkehl-Uferwipper Spanish: Remolinera real
Taxonomy:

Upucerthia aricomae

Carriker

, 1932,

Aricoma Pass, 15,000 feet [c. 4570 m], Carabaya, Puno, Peru

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Formerly treated as race of C. excelsior; justification for species rank rather weak, primarily plumage and micro-habitat differences. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Very locally in Andes of S Peru (Junín#R, Apurímac, Cuzco, Puno) and W Bolivia (Cordillera Apolobamba and Cordillera Real in La Paz)#R.

Descriptive notes

20–21 cm; 50 g. Large cinclodes with thick-based decurved bill, relatively short tail. Has pale buffish supercilium from forehead to nape; crown, face and upperparts... read more

Voice

Song a very loud trill.

Habitat

Boggy areas next to steep rocky slopes in relatively humid Polylepis-Gynoxis... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly invertebrates; Coleoptera (including Curculionidae) recorded. Prey items carried to a nest in Bolivia included larvae of three kinds... read more

Breeding

Season thought to begin in Dec; in Cordillera Vilcanota, pairs are territorial during austral winter. Suggested mean territory size c. 3... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Known from only a handful of localities in isolated patched of Polylepis woodland in S Peru and adjacent N Bolivia. A 2008 sighting in Jun... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Royal Cinclodes (Cinclodes aricomae). 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/56379 on 17 February 2019).