Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Striated Earthcreeper (Geocerthia serrana)


French: Upucerthie striée German: Streifenerdhacker Spanish: Bandurrita estriada

Upucerthia serrana


, 1875,

Junín and Acancocha, Peru


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


    Song a harsh trill introduced by 3 separate notes.


    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


    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



    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 on 8 December 2019).