This species has a moderately small and fragmented range, and is likely to be declining owing to ongoing loss and degradation of montane habitats. It is therefore considered Near Threatened.
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17 cm. A long tailed canastero of dry shrubbery. Upperparts greyish brown, underparts paler with a buffy tinge. Orangey chin patch which can look dark, with cinnamon borders. Rufous in wing forming a broad bar visible in flight. Narrow and inconspicuous eyebrow and loral buffy-cream. Tail brownish rufous with dull brown central rectrices. Similar spp. Rusty-fronted Canastero A. ottonis has a rufous forehead and striped neck. Sharp-billed Canastero A. pyrrholeuca is similar but greyer and doesn't occur in range. Cordilleran Canastero A. modesta always shows streaking on neck and breast. Voice Song an accelerating series of fast clear notes, slightly rising in pitch. Call a soft short slightly descending tuírrrrr trill. Hints Concealed in dense vegetation, best located by voice.
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Hjarsen, T., Mayer, S., Mazar Barnett, J., Pearman, M.
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Butchart, S., Symes, A.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Near Threatened|
|Species name author||(Berlepsch, 1901)|
|Population size||Unknown mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||40,200 km2|
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