Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Cactus Canastero (Asthenes cactorum) - HBW 8, p. 303

French: Synallaxe des cactus German: Kaktuscanastero Spanish: Canastero de los Cactos

Taxonomy: Asthenes cactorum Koepcke, 1959, Atico, Arequipa, Peru.
Forms a superspecies with A. modesta, and sometimes considered conspecific. Supposedly smaller birds from the lomas of Lachay region, having greyish-rose cast and very dark central rectrices with dark rufous webs, described as race lachayensis; those from higher Andes from Lima S to Arequipa proposed as race monticola, said to differ from birds of coastal lomas in larger size, browner (less ochre) upperparts, darker central rectrices, somewhat darker throat patch, and less uniform underparts with more contrasting darker sides and flanks; both populations, ho.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Asthenes cactorum Koepcke, 1959, Atico, Arequipa, Peru.
Forms a superspecies with A. modesta, and sometimes considered conspecific. Supposedly smaller birds from the lomas of Lachay region, having greyish-rose cast and very dark central rectrices with dark rufous webs, described as race lachayensis; those from higher Andes from Lima S to Arequipa proposed as race monticola, said to differ from birds of coastal lomas in larger size, browner (less ochre) upperparts, darker central rectrices, somewhat darker throat patch, and less uniform underparts with more contrasting darker sides and flanks; both populations, however, appear to be products of clinal variation combined with differences in degree of plumage wear, and described characters do not permit diagnosis of individual specimens. Monotypic.

Distribution: W slope of Andes of SW Peru (Lima S to Arequipa).