French: Anabate de Boissonneau German: Weißwangen-Astspäher Spanish: Trepamusgos barbablanca andino
Subspecies and Distribution
P. b. meridae
E. J. O. Hartert & Goodson, 1917 – Sierra de Perijá and Andes of NW Venezuela (Trujillo, Mérida, Táchira) and NE Colombia (E Andes S to Boyacá).
P. b. striaticeps
Hellmayr & Seilern, 1912 – Coastal Range of N Venezuela (Yaracuy, and Carabobo E to Miranda).
P. b. boissonneauii
(Lafresnaye, 1840) – Andes of Colombia (W & C ranges, and E range S from Cundinamarca).
P. b. oberholseri
Cory, 1919 – Andes of Ecuador (both slopes).
P. b. intermedianus
Chapman, 1923 – W slope of Andes of NW Peru (Piura, NW Cajamarca).
P. b. medianus
Hellmayr, 1919 – N Peruvian Andes S of R Marañón (S Cajamarca, and Amazonas S to San Martín).
P. b. auritus
(Tschudi, 1844) – E slope of Andes of C Peru (La Libertad S to N Puno).
P. b. carabayae
J. T. Zimmer, 1936 – E slope of Andes from S Peru (S Puno) S to C Bolivia (E to W Santa Cruz).
20–22 cm; 37–62 g. Large, strongly patterned furnariid with conspicuous pale tuft at neck side. Nominate race has buff-whitish supercilium, blackish-brown lores... read more
Song high-pitched for size of bird, 1–2 sharp “spik” notes followed by series of whistled... read more
Montane evergreen forest and elfin forest; mostly 1700–3200 m, locally down to 1450 m and up... read more
Food and feeding
Recorded dietary items are Lepidoptera larvae and small frogs. Forages singly or in pairs, often or usually in mixed-species flocks, from... read more
Dependent juveniles seen in Sept in Colombia. Presumably monogamous. Nest in old hole of woodpecker (Picidae) in dead tree trunk. No... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to common throughout range. Occurs in numerpous protected areas, including Henri Pittier and Sierra Nevada National Parks, in Venezuela, and... read more
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