Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Scribble-tailed Canastero (Asthenes maculicauda)


French: Synallaxe à queue marbrée German: Roststirncanastero Spanish: Canastero estriado

Siptornis maculicauda


, 1901,

Iquico, 4000 m, La Paz, Bolivia


See A. flammulata and A. virgata. Disjunct population in Argentina may represent an undescribed race. Monotypic.


Andes of S Peru (Puno), Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba, sight records also from Tarija) and NW Argentina (S Jujuy, Salta, Tucumán and NC Catamarca).

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 19 g. Large and conspicuously streaked canastero with unique tail pattern and lacking throat patch. Has buffy face with dark brown postocular stripe, some dark brown... read more


Song described as a series of “tree” notes that end in fast, descending trill; call a rising... read more


Páramo grassland; timber-line grassland with lush, tall bunch-grasses, often mixed with... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Little known. Solitary or in pairs; probably gleans items from ground or low vegetation; noted sallying up into air to catch... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in High Andes of Bolivia and Argentina EBA. Rare to uncommon. Suitable habitat generally limited in areal extent,... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Scribble-tailed Canastero (Asthenes maculicauda). 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 7 December 2019).