Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

White-winged Cinclodes (Cinclodes atacamensis)


French: Cinclode à ailes blanches German: Schwarzschwanz-Uferwipper Spanish: Remolinera castaña

Upuarthia [sic] atacamensis

R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede]

, 1857,

San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta, Chile


See C. palliatus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. atacamensis (R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede], 1857) – Andes from C Peru (Ancash, Huánuco, Pasco) S to C Chile (S locally to Santiago) and through Andes of Bolivia to NW Argentina (S to Mendoza).
  • C. a. schocolatinus Reichenow, 1920 – WC Argentina (W Córdoba, NE San Luis).
  • Descriptive notes

    19–20 cm; 45–56 g. Fairly large, contrastingly marked cinclodes with long, decurved bill. Has whitish supercilium, brownish-grey loral area, greyish-brown... read more


    Song a trill; call a loud, whistled “wheet”.


    Puna grassland and rocky or shrubby slopes, mostly at 2800–4500 m, locally down to... read more

    Food and feeding

    Reported dietary items are Coleoptera (Elmidae), Lepidoptera larvae, spiders, and snails (Littoridina). Solitary or in pairs.... read more


    Season apparently during austral spring-summer; eggs in Nov and nestlings in Nov–Dec in Chile and Argentina; nestlings in Oct in S... read more


    Mostly resident; some post-breeding downslope movement by race schocolatinus and other... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Has comparatively large geographical range. Nature of habitat occupied by this species and its altitudinal range render it... read more

    Recommended citation

    Remsen, J.V., Jr (2020). White-winged Cinclodes (Cinclodes atacamensis). 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 27 January 2020).