Birds of Colombia

    PASSERIFORMES: Furnariidae (Ovenbirds)  
Genus: Asthenes (4 species, 30 worldwide)

Genus Asthenes, Canasteros and Thistletails, are small insect-eating brownish birds with thin and long tails, and generally found at high altitudes. Canastero means 'basket-maker', and describes the nest.

Many-striped Canastero
Many-striped Canastero (Asthenes flammulata flammulata)
Papallacta Pass, Ecuador
  Also streaked in front.
Photograph by Graham Montgomery   © All Rights Reserved.

Found above 3000m. Common and widespread.

White-chinned Thistletail
White-chinned Thistletail (Asthenes fuliginosa fuliginosa)
Chingaza National Park, Colombia  

Found above 3000m.

Perija Thistletail
Perija Thistletail (Asthenes perijana) Endangered
Photograph by Andres Cuervo     Copyright and usage info

Streak-backed Canastero
Streak-backed Canastero (Asthenes wyatti)
Photograph by Jorge Muñoz   © All Rights Reserved.

Found above 3000m. Note plain throat and chest, and streaking on back and cap.