|Stout-billed Cinclodes Cinclodes excelsior
Colombian name: Cínclodes Cavador
|Colombia and Ecuador
The Stout-billed Cinclodes is distributed in the central Andes of Colombia and Ecuador. There is a distribution map at Birdlife International. It is found in rocky páramo and wet meadows usually near water and between 3,200 and 5,200 metres.
|It is similar to Chestnut-winged Cinclodes C. albidiventris but is larger with a longer, heavier and decurved bill. It uses the bill to
probe in mud and soil for invertebrates.
Its nest is at the end of a tunnel excavated in a steep bank and it may be that the Stout-billed Cinclodes is linked mainly to volcanic areas for the ease of excavating such tunnels.
|One of its calls is a nasal "kiu" though the song is a high-pitched trill.|
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