Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Steinbach's Canastero (Pseudasthenes steinbachi)


French: Synallaxe marron German: Weißkinncanastero Spanish: Canastero castaño

Siptornis steinbachi

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1909,

Cachi, 2500 m, Salta, Argentina


Recent DNA analysis#R indicates that present species is sister to P. cactorum, these two together in turn being sister to P. patagonica. See also P. humicola (above). Race neiffi of Asthenes baeri originally described as a race of present species. Monotypic.


Andes of W Argentina from W Salta S to Neuquén and Río Negro#R.

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 14–20 g. Rather greyish canastero lacking streaks and throat patch. Has mostly greyish-brown face, paler supercilium; crown and back dull grey-brown,... read more


Not described.


Arid montane scrub, often in ravines, and monte woodland; 500–3000 m.

Food and feeding

Little known. Solitary or in pairs; presumably gleans arthropods from ground or low vegetation.


Season presumably during austral spring-summer; eggs in Nov and Jan. Presumably monogamous. Nest is a globular mass c. 34 cm tall and 28 cm... read more


Mainly resident; some post-breeding downslope movement.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered a species of Lower Risk/Least Concern. Restricted-range species: present in High Andes of Bolivia and Argentina EBA. Rare to... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Steinbach's Canastero (Pseudasthenes steinbachi). 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).