Stout-billed Cinclodes Cinclodes excelsior

Colombian name: Cínclodes Cavador
Stout-billed Cinclodes, Nevado do Ruiz, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image Nevado do Ruiz, Risaralda, Colombia
April 2012

The Stout-billed Cinclodes is distributed in the central Andes of Colombia and Ecuador. There is a distribution map at NatureServe. It is found in rocky paramo and wet meadows usually near water and between 3,200 and 5,200 metres.

Stout-billed Cinclodes, Nevado do Ruiz, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image It is similar to Bar-winged Cinclodes C. fuscus but is larger with a longer, heavier and decurved bill. It uses the bill to probe in mud and soil for invertebrates.

It 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.

Stout-billed Cinclodes, Nevado do Ruiz, Risaralda, Colombia, April 2012 - click for larger image One of its calls is a nasal "kiu" though the song is a high-pitched trill.

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