Published: November 15, 2012
Text by Andrew Whittaker and Jaqueline Fortuna
Another new Brazilian endemic described this year, the Cipo Cinclodes (Cinclodes espinhacensis
) from Minas Gerais where it's range-restricted to the southern Espinhaço mountains from 1,100-1,500 meters. These mountains are also home to another two endemics, the magnificent Hyacinth Visorbearer (Augastes scutatus
) and Cipo Canastero (Asthenes luizae
). Morphologically the new Cinclodes differs from its closest sister species Long-tailed Cinclodes (C. pabsti
) in having a darker back, richer yellowish brown underparts and its smaller size. The Cinclodes is only known from 9 localities with an estimated range of approximately 490 km2
and is already listed as Endangered. Click on the photo of the Cipo Cinclodes singing to enlarge.