Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Surf Cinclodes (Cinclodes taczanowskii)


French: Cinclode de Taczanowski German: Felsuferwipper Spanish: Remolinera costera peruana
Other common names: Peruvian Seaside Cinclodes

Cinclodes taczanowskii

Berlepsch and Stolzmann

, 1892,

Chorillos, near Lima, Peru


See C. patagonicus. Arguably conspecific with C. nigrofumosus, but differs in its white-streaked brown vs (dark-stippled) white chin and throat (3); much weaker white streaking below (2); paler brown plumage above and below (1); and somewhat smaller size (sample size small; but at least 1). Study of conditions where the two taxa approach each other geographically would be of interest. Monotypic.

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Coast of C & S Peru (Ancash S to Tacna).

Descriptive notes

21–22 cm; 62–67 g. Large, dark cinclodes with relatively short, straight bill. Has hint of indistinct brown supercilium; rest of face dark brown with pale shaft... read more


Song a long, loud trill; call described as abrupt “chec”.


Coastal rocky beaches; mainly in intertidal areas. One of the very few truly marine species in the... read more

Food and feeding

Invertebrates; molluscs, crabs and isopods recorded in diet. Forages solitarily or in pairs. Gleans items from rocks and sand; often... read more


Presumably monogamous. Nest placed in crevice in coastal rocks; nest is cup of woven plant matter, mainly filamentous algae (e.g. ... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA and Peru-Chile Pacific Slope EBA. Uncommon to fairly common within limited geographical... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Surf Cinclodes (Cinclodes taczanowskii). 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 13 December 2019).