Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Earthcreeper (Upucerthia albigula)


French: Upucerthie à gorge blanche German: Weißkehl-Erdhacker Spanish: Bandurrita de Arica

Upucerthia albigula


, 1932,

Putre, 11,600 feet [c. 3530 m], Tarapacá, Chile


Although plumage similarities suggest most closely related to U. validirostris, evolutionary analysis#R indicates closest to U. dumetaria. Monotypic.


W slope of Andes in SW Peru (S from S Ayacucho; perhaps from farther N, as a breeding population recently recorded in Lima#R) and N Chile (N Tarapacá).

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm; 36–42 g. Large earthcreeper with long, relatively thick-based, strongly decurved bill. Has broad buffy whitish supercilium extending forward to lores,... read more


Song a series of 4–10 slightly descending dry, harsh, scolding “chit” notes; call... read more


Arid montane scrub; sparsely vegetated slopes, brushy ravines, desert scrub, and adjacent hedgerows... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Usually solitary. Probes and gleans ground.


Season probably during austral summer; eggs in Nov in Chile. Presumably monogamous. Nest at end of tunnel excavated in bank. No further... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Peru-Chile Pacific Slope EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Has small geographical range.... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). White-throated Earthcreeper (Upucerthia albigula). 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 17 February 2020).