Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Streak-backed Canastero (Asthenes wyatti)


French: Synallaxe de Wyatt German: Strichelrückencanastero Spanish: Canastero de Wyatt

Synallaxis wyatti

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1871,

Páramo de Pamplona, Santander, Colombia


In recent times, southern five races commonly split as A. sclateri (as in HBW), but here treated as conspecific because morphological and vocal differences are very slight, with intergradation occurring in region of L Titicaca. Formerly linked with A. anthoides, but molecular evidence#R#R places the two at some distance. Race phelpsi previously listed as perijanus/perijana, but that name now preoccupied, owing to lumping of Schizoeaca into Asthenes#R. Twelve subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. w. sanctaemartae Todd, 1950 – N Colombia (Santa Marta Mts).
  • A. w. phelpsi Chesser, 2016 – Sierra de Perijá, on NE Colombia–NW Venezuela border.
  • A. w. mucuchiesi Phelps, Sr & Gilliard, 1941 – Andes of W Venezuela (Trujillo, Mérida).
  • A. w. wyatti (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1871) – Streak-backed Canastero – E Andes of N Colombia (Norte de Santander).
  • A. w. aequatorialis (Chapman, 1921) – W Andes of C Ecuador (Cotopaxi S to Carchi#R).
  • A. w. azuay (Chapman, 1923) – Andes of S Ecuador (Azuay, Zamora-Chinchipe, N Loja) and N Peru (Piura, Cajamarca, Ancash).
  • A. w. graminicola (P. L. Sclater, 1874) – Andes of C & S Peru (Junín S to Puno) and W Bolivia (W La Paz).
  • A. w. punensis (Berlepsch & Stolzmann, 1901) – Titicaca Basin in extreme S Peru (S Puno) and W Bolivia (La Paz).
  • A. w. cuchacanchae (Chapman, 1921) – Andes of C Bolivia (Cochabamba, Potosí, sight records also from Chuquisaca and Tarija) and NW Argentina (Salta).
  • A. w. lilloi (Oustalet, 1904) – Andes of NW Argentina (Catamarca, Tucumán, La Rioja).
  • A. w. sclateri (Cabanis, 1878) – Puna Canastero – NC Argentina (Sierra de Córdoba and other mountains in region).
  • A. w. brunnescens Nores & Yzurieta, 1983 – C Argentina (Sierra de San Luis).
  • Descriptive notes

    17 cm; 17–25 g. Rather dark canastero with streaked back. Nominate race has narrow buff supercilium, rest of face grizzled light brown and blackish, darkest on lores;... read more


    Song of race mucuchiesi described as of two types, either a single insect-like trill or 3... read more


    Páramo and puna grassland, often arid, usually with rocks and with or without low... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs. Mainly terrestrial. Gleans items from ground, grass clumps and Espeletia foliage; noted... read more


    Eggs in Jan in S Peru; fledgling in Apr in N Colombia. Presumably monogamous. Nest a round mass c. 25 cm in diameter, of dried leaves and... read more


    Resident; some downslope movement reported during snowstorms in S Andes.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rare to locally common; rather scarce and local in Ecuador. Occurs in Sierra Nevada National Park, in Venezuela, Cotopaxi National Park, in Ecuador,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Streak-backed Canastero (Asthenes wyatti). 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 January 2020).