Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Critically Endangered

Royal Cinclodes (Cinclodes aricomae)


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

Upucerthia aricomae


, 1932,

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


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


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


Song a very loud trill.


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


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



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. (2020). 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 on 25 February 2020).