Asthenes berlepschi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Asthenes berlepschi
Species Authority: (Hellmayr, 1917)
Common Name(s):
English Berlepsch's Canastero

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Butchart, S. & Symes, A.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Butchart, S., Gilroy, J., Sharpe, C J
This species is considered Near Threatened as it occurs within a tiny range, and is therefore likely to be moderately susceptible to increases in human population pressure.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Asthenes berlepschi is apparently common within a restricted range in the semi-arid slopes of the Consata valley and its tributaries in La Paz, north-west Bolivia. Its known range is c.200 km2, but it is suspected to occur in unsurveyed areas north of the río Consata, which would increase its range size to 450 km2.

Bolivia, Plurinational States of
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Population [top]

Population: This is a poorly known species and no population estimates are available.
Population Trend: Stable

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Recent surveys have recorded the species in open, degraded Polylepis forest, Baccharis pentlandii scrub and completely converted habitat, with fields, large areas left fallow, shrubs and low scrub, scattered Eucalyptus trees and some soil erosion at 2,300-3,700 m (Herzog et al. 1997). In December 1991, 3-4 nests were found c.500 m apart in Eucalyptus trees between agricultural fields (Mayer 1995).

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Despite surviving well in highly modified habitats, it must be considered at some risk owing to its tiny range in one small montane basin, its restricted elevational distribution, and the small amount of available habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct wider surveys for this species in surrounding areas, particularly north of the río Consata. Ensure the protection of key sites supporting suitable habitats within the range.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Asthenes berlepschi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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