Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Striated Earthcreeper (Geocerthia serrana)


Taxonomy

French: Upucerthie striée German: Streifenerdhacker Spanish: Bandurrita estriada
Taxonomy:

Upucerthia serrana

Taczanowski

, 1875,

Junín and Acancocha, Peru

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Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. s. serrana (Taczanowski, 1875) – Andes of N & C Peru (Cajamarca S to Lima and Junín).
  • G. s. huancavelicae (Morrison, 1938) – Andes of S Peru (Huancavelica).
  • Descriptive notes

    19–20 cm; 44–52 g. Large, dark earthcreeper, darkest in genus, with strongly decurved bill. Has whitish supercilium, black eyestripe, face grizzled dark brownish... read more

    Voice

    Song a harsh trill introduced by 3 separate notes.

    Habitat

    Arid montane scrub and Polylepis woodland on rocky, shrubby slopes; present at elevations... read more

    Food and feeding

    Arthropods. Usually forages solitarily. Probes in and gleans from ground, and flakes leaf litter; occasionally probes bark low in ... read more

    Breeding

    Nestlings in Oct. Presumably monogamous. One nest found, at end of tunnel c. 35 cm long, presumably excavated by the birds themselves, in... read more

    Movements

    Resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian High Andes EBA. Uncommon. Has fairly small geographical range, but habitat occupied is reasonably... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Striated Earthcreeper (Geocerthia serrana). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56371 on 21 May 2019).