Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Rusty-fronted Canastero (Asthenes ottonis)


French: Synallaxe à front rouille German: Rostgesichtcanastero Spanish: Canastero frentirrufo

Siptornis Ottonis


, 1901,

Anta, 3500 m, near Cuzco, Peru


Genetic data#R show this species to be sister to A. palpebralis. Formerly, plumage similarities suggested to some authors that it was closest to A. pudibunda, or that the two formed a group with A. heterura, or that latter was a race of one or other of them. Monotypic.


Andes of SC Peru (Huancavelica, Ayacucho, Apurímac, SW Cuzco).

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm; 13 g. Relatively long-tailed canastero. Has small supraloral line, supercilium and crescent of feathers below eye greyish-buff, postocular area dark brownish... read more


Song c. 2 seconds long, 3 high-pitched ascending notes followed by a rapidly descending series, “... read more


Arid and semi-humid montane scrub, and Polylepis woodland edge; 2750–4000 m.

Food and feeding

Little known. Observed solitarily or in pairs; apparently gleans arthropods from ground or low vegetation.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian High Andes EBA. Fairly common. A poorly known furnariid. Occurs in Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary.

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Rusty-fronted Canastero (Asthenes ottonis). 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 14 December 2019).