Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Critically Endangered

White-bellied Cinclodes (Cinclodes palliatus)


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

Cillurus palliatus


, 1844,

Montaña de Vitoc, near Hacienda Pacchapata, Junín, Peru


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.


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


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


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


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


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 on 8 December 2019).