Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Vilcabamba Thistletail (Asthenes vilcabambae)


French: Synallaxe de Vilcabamba German: Rostkehlcanastero Spanish: Piscuiz de Vilcabamba

Schizoeaca vilcabambae

Vaurie et al.

, 1972,

Cordillera Vilcabamba, 3190 m, 12°36’ S, 73°31’ W, Cuzco, Peru


See A. harterti. Formerly treated as a race of A. fuliginosa#R. Sister to A. pudibunda. Until very recently considered conspecific with A. ayacuchensis (which see). Monotypic.


N Vilcabamba Mts (E of R Apurímac, W Cuzco), in S Peru.

Descriptive notes

18–20 cm; 18·5–22 g. Typical thistletail. Adult has ill-defined supercilium behind eye slightly paler than brownish face; crown and upperparts dull dark... read more


Song starts with some 3–5 drawn-out high-pitched “pee” notes that ascend slightly... read more


Páramo grassland, elfin forest and Polylepis woodland; dense undergrowth... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Feeds solitarily or in pairs in understorey; probably gleans arthropods from foliage and branches.


No information.


Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in North-east Peruvian Cordilleras EBA. Fairly common in appropriate habitat. Because of its tiny... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr, Boesman, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Vilcabamba Thistletail (Asthenes vilcabambae). 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).