Royal Cinclodes

South America


Cinclodes aricomae


Its woodland habitat has been heavily affected by uncontrolled fire and overgrazing, leaving no room for regeneration of the Polylepis tree which is its main nesting and feeding site.

The Royal Cinclodes from the Furnariidae family is a passerine bird species whose name means ‘resembling’ and ‘unknown waterside bird’ as reflected on its strict habitat requirement of being in close proximity in shorelines.

This chocolate-browned ovenbird furnariid was formerly categorised as a subspecies of the Stout-Billed Cinclodes and is endemic to the Andes Mountains in Bolivia and Peru.

Its most distinct characteristics include its white-hued mottling and streaks on the breast, preference for a dome-shaped mud nest, and a loud trilling vocalization.