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Andean Tit-Spinetail

Leptasthenura andicola

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A small brown bird found in the high Andes from western Venezuela to northwestern Bolivia. Most obvious feature is the bold white eyebrow. Also look for distinct white streaks on the back and streaking on the throat and breast gradually fading onto the belly. Like other tit-spinetails the tail is fairly long with very pointed feathers. Occurs from around 3,000 to 4,500 m in shrubby areas and stunted woodlands. Pairs or small groups forage actively and acrobatically through the shrubbery; not particularly shy. Compare with Many-striped Canastero, which has bright rufous wings.

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