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Leptasthenura andicola
Photo by Sam Woods
El Cajas NP, Ecuador, February 2010


Strong supercilium, strongly streaked on head and back, grey, faintly streaked underparts, long, graduated and forked tail.


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia



  • L. a. extima:
  • Santa Marta Mountains (north-eastern Colombia)
  • L. a. exterior:
  • L. a. andicola:
  • L. a. certhia:
  • Andes of western Venezuela (Mérida and Trujillo)
  • L. a. peruviana:


Moist montanes, high-altitude shrub and grassland.


Food is mostly insects caught by gleaning from grasses, small bushes or even from the ground.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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