Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Streak-throated Canastero (Asthenes humilis)


French: Synallaxe terrestre German: Streifenkehlcanastero Spanish: Canastero gorjiestriado

Synallaxis humilis


, 1873,

Maraynioc, Junín, Peru


Specimens from interior Andes of Junín and Lima (Peru), with pinkish wash below, may represent an undescribed race. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. h. cajamarcae J. T. Zimmer, 1936 – Andes of NW Peru (S Cajamarca).
  • A. h. humilis (Cabanis, 1873) – Andes of C Peru (La Libertad and Ancash S to Huancavelica and Ayacucho).
  • A. h. robusta (Berlepsch, 1901) – Andes of S Peru (Cuzco S to Puno) and N Bolivia (La Paz, W Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16 cm; 23–24 g. Typical canastero with coloured throat patch, some striping on head, medium-length tail. Nominate race has dull whitish-buff supercilium... read more


    Song described as a quavering, soft trill 2–5 seconds in duration; also gives doubled or... read more


    Puna grassland; usually rocky, occasionally with scattered bushes. At 2750–4800 m.

    Food and feeding

    Recorded dietary items include Coleoptera, Lepidoptera larvae, also small seeds. Forages singly or in pairs. Gleans arthropods from ground... read more


    Season presumed during austral spring-summer, at least in S of range; fledglings in Dec in N Peru and Mar in N Bolivia. Presumably... read more


    Resident; some downslope movement reported during snowstorms in S.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common throughout much of range. Tolerates at least moderate grazing.

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). Streak-throated Canastero (Asthenes humilis). 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 February 2020).