Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Stout-billed Cinclodes (Cinclodes excelsior)


French: Cinclode du paramo German: Schuppenbrust-Uferwipper Spanish: Remolinera ecuatoriana

Cinclodes excelsior

P. L. Sclater

, 1860,

Mount Chimborazo, 14,000 feet [c. 4270 m], Ecuador


Formerly treated as conspecific with C. aricomae (which see). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. e. columbianus (Chapman, 1912) – C Andes of Colombia (Tolima).
  • C. e. excelsior P. L. Sclater, 1860 – Andes from extreme SW Colombia (Nariño) S to S Ecuador (N Azuay).
  • Descriptive notes

    20–21 cm; 62–66 g. Large cinclodes with thick-based decurved bill, relatively short tail. Has long whitish supercilium extending from forehead to hindneck, dark... read more


    Song a high-pitched, trilled “tr-r-r-r-r-r-r-reet”. Call a nasal “kiu” or... read more


    Rocky páramo grassland and semi-humid and humid montane scrub, usually near water... read more

    Food and feeding

    Invertebrates, occasionally small vertebrates (small frogs); also some seeds. Forages solitarily or in pairs. Probes and digs in mud, moist... read more


    Eggs in Nov in C Colombia; fledglings in Dec in Ecuador. Presumably monogamous. Wing-raising display while singing. Nest a thin layer of... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Andean Páramo EBA. Uncommon to locally common. Occurs in Cotopaxi National Park and Las Cajas National... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Stout-billed Cinclodes (Cinclodes excelsior). 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).