Royal Cinclodes

This bird has a population of less than 250, and is classified as Critically Endangered. It is confined to tiny, humid patches of Polylepis woodland and montane scrub, and the major threat to tis survival is the use of fire and heavy grazing which restrict the regeneration of Polylepis.

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

The Royal Cinclodes (Cinclodes aricomae) is a passerine bird which breeds in the Andes of south-east Peru and adjacent Bolivia. It was formerly considered to be a subspecies of the Stout-billed Cinclodes C. excelsior. This bird has a population of less than 250, and is classified as Critically Endangered. More

The Royal Cinclodes is classified as Critically Endangered under IUCN-World Conservation Union criteria. It is confined to fragments of high altitude Polylepis forest in the Andes of southern Peru. It may also still exist in small numbers in west-central Bolivia close to the Peruvian border, though its presence there is unconfirmed in recent years. Because of its rarity, skulking habits, and the inaccessibility of its habitat, it is one of the most difficult birds to see in the world. More

* The Royal Cinclodes is a Critically Endangered species restricted to Polylepis forests. * ABC partner Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos (ECOAN) is working to replant thousands of Polylepis trees to restore habitat throughout the Andes. * The Ash-breasted Tit-tyrant is another endangered species dependent on Polylepis forest. More

Urgent Request for Help with Royal Cinclodes Research and Conservation Project at Abra M More

Critically Endangered Royal Cinclodes is a specialist of this forest and restricted to a few small remnant patches. Our partner ECOAN will restore Polylepis forests within the Abra Malaga-Tastayoc corridor with indigenous community support. Approximately 15%of the high elevation Polylepis forest in Peru occurs within the 28 km2 Polylepis corridor. Objective: Restore and protect Polylepis forest for the Royal Cinclodes and other threatened birds. Actions: 1. More

at Los Amigos, fleeting look at Royal Cinclodes (will not count in my book but glad they are still at Abra Malaga (also had an adult Andean Condor there too). Despite rumors of their demise we had 20+ Humboldt Penguins at Pucusana just an hour south of Lima as well as Seaside Cinclodes, Peruvian Thick-knee, and Slender-billed Finch at Canaette. Kolibri was an excellent company with great guides in each location that really knew their birds and the best places to find them. More

to see Royal Cinclodes so went back up and camped for the night. Going up and down in a day is tough, as is carrying all your camping stuff to stay. An easier option might be to hire some indigenous people to help you or take your stuff up with mules. ECOAN may be able to help you with this. Barry Walker can arrange trips up there. Just after you turn left at the blue tank, there are some maize fields over a wall on the left. Here I saw Chestnut-breasted Mountain-Finch. More

Abra Malaga Thastayoc - Royal Cinclodes Private Conservation Area Departamento Cusco Provincia Urubamba Distrito Ollantaytambo Community Asociación Agraria Thastayoc Abra Malaga Location 13º08' S 72º19'W Elevation 3,600 - 4,200 m. Area 70.6 ha. Current status Approved by INRENA and recognized by Ministerial Resolution. More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Furnariidae
Genus : Cinclodes
Species : aricomae
Authority : (Carriker, 1932)