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Royal Cinclodes - BirdForum Opus

Cinclodes aricomae
Photo by Valère CLAVERIE
Huancacalle, Peru, June 2006


20 cm. Dark chocolate-brown above, dark crown, dark, dusky tail with outer rectrices tipped pale. Buffy-white throat. Rest of underparts grey-brown with buffy-white mottling and shafting on breast and flanks. Dark wings with prominent rufous edging, forming wing-bar in flight. Large dark bill slightly decurved at tip.


Andes of southern Peru and extreme western Bolivia.


This is a monotypic species1.

In the past, Royal Cinclodes were viewed as a subspecies of Stout-billed Cinclodes (Cinclodes excelsior).


Polylepis woodland and montane scrub; the major threat to its survival is the use of fire and heavy grazing which restrict the regeneration of Polylepis.


Its diet includes invertebrates.


  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. Ridgely and Tudor 2009. Field guide to the songbirds of South America - The Passerines. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-71979-8

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