Masafuera Rayadito

Masafuera Rayaditos travel in pairs while feeding on arthropods; feeding occurs in the wood understory and occasionally on the ground in the leaf-litter. Nesting occurs at high altitudes , in small natural crevices in rocks.

The Masafuera Rayadito is classified as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

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The Masafuera Rayadito, Aphrastura masafuerae, is a rare bird endemic to Alejandro Selkirk Island (Isla Más Afuera, Outermost Island) in the Juan Fernández Islands. The species is a member of the ovenbird family and only one of two species in the rayadito genus. The species' natural habitat is humid montane scrub, dominated by tree ferns (Dicksonia externa) and ferns (Lophosoria quadripinnata) between 800–1300 m above sea level (though they will descend lower during the austral winter). More

The Masafuera Rayadito is a member of the Furnariidae (Ovenbird) family; land birds found only in the New World neotropics. It is a lively, sparrow-sized, brown and gray bird, closely related to the more common Thorn-tailed Rayadito found on the South American mainland. A distinctive feature of the Rayadito family is the long tail—black and wedge-shaped, without webs on the ends of the feathers, which gives the tail a “thorny” appearance. More

The Masafuera Rayadito is a critically endangered species. The species once occurred on Surveys of the species in the 1980s found between 500-1000 birds but by 1992 that had dropped to 200 and by 2002 only 140. The species is threatened by introduced species, particularly goats which trample and degrade habitat, but also probably rats and feral cats. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Furnariidae
Genus : Aphrastura
Species : masafuerae
Authority : (Philippi and Landbeck, 1866)