Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Critically Endangered

White-bellied Cinclodes (Cinclodes palliatus)


Taxonomy

French: Cinclode à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Uferwipper Spanish: Remolinera ventriblanca
Taxonomy:

Cillurus palliatus

Tschudi

, 1844,

Montaña de Vitoc, near Hacienda Pacchapata, Junín, Peru

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Plumage similarities may suggest most closely related to C. atacamensis but, while one DNA study#R found the two to be sister-species, a subsequent molecular analysis with expanded taxon-sampling#R did not fully corroborate this. Monotypic.

Distribution:

High Andes of C Peru (Junín, Lima and, at least formerly, Huancavelica).

Descriptive notes

23–24 cm; 99–109 g. Very large cinclodes with long bill and gleaming white underparts unlike any other furnariid. Has blackish loral area, greyish-brown... read more

Voice

Song described as a long trill that lasts 7–8 seconds; call a loud “chec” or... read more

Habitat

Bogs with short grass and Distichia cushion-plants or adjacent puna grassland,... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly invertebrates, with “worms” as recorded items; also a small frog taken. Solitary or in pairs. Gleans invertebrates from... read more

Breeding

First nest reportedly found in early Nov 2002, made from plant material and feathers, placed among rocks beside new road; two chicks... read more

Movements

Presumably resident.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Previously listed as Vulnerable. Rare and very local, with small geographical range. Between 1952 and 2008, the majority of records came from six sites... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). White-bellied Cinclodes (Cinclodes palliatus). 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/56390 on 15 February 2019).