Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Stout-billed Cinclodes (Cinclodes excelsior) - HBW 8, p. 253

French: Cinclode du paramo German: Schuppenbrust-Uferwipper Spanish: Remolinera Ecuatoriana
Other common names: Short-billed/Paramo Cinclodes

Taxonomy: Cinclodes excelsior P. L. Sclater, 1860, Mount Chimborazo, 14,000 feet [c. 4270 m], Ecuador.
Sometimes placed in genus Geositta, and in the past in Upucerthia, but plumage, wing-raising display and foraging behaviour favour inclusion in present genus. Formerly treated as conspecific with C. aricomae, but differs in, especially, plumage and in micro-habitat use. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • columbianus (Chapman, 1912) - C Andes of Colombia (Tolima).
  • excelsior P. L. Sclater, 1860 - Andes from extreme SW Colombia (Nariño) S to S Ecuador (N Azuay).