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Category:Asthenes - BirdForum Opus

Canastero nest showing the "woven basket"
Photo by njlarsen; click on image to view larger version

Genus: Asthenes


The name Canastero mean basket-weaver because the nests of these birds do remind of a basket. These Ovenbirds tend to run around with relatively long tails raised vertically.


Asthenes is a genus in the Family Furnariidae.

Four species were moved from this genus to the genus Pseudasthenes in 2010.[1][2]

Genus Asthenes viewedit
A. dorbignyi Creamy-breasted Canastero
A. berlepschi Berlepsch's Canastero
A. baeri Short-billed Canastero
A. luizae Cipo Canastero
A. hudsoni Hudson's Canastero
A. anthoides Austral Canastero
A. urubambensis Line-fronted Canastero
A. flammulata Many-striped Canastero
A. virgata Junin Canastero
A. maculicauda Scribble-tailed Canastero
A. wyatti Streak-backed Canastero
A. sclateri Puna Canastero
A. humilis Streak-throated Canastero
A. modesta Cordilleran Canastero
A. moreirae Itatiaia Spinetail
A. pyrrholeuca Sharp-billed Canastero
A. harterti Black-throated Thistletail
A. helleri Puna Thistletail
A. ayacuchensis Ayacucho Thistletail
A. vilcabambae Vilcabamba Thistletail
A. pudibunda Canyon Canastero
A. ottonis Rusty-fronted Canastero
A. heterura Maquis Canastero
A. palpebralis Eye-ringed Thistletail
A. coryi Ochre-browed Thistletail
A. perijana Perija Thistletail
A. fuliginosa White-chinned Thistletail
A. griseomurina Mouse-colored Thistletail


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3
  4. BirdForum thread discussing the splitting of this genus.