Morning at the Westensee near Kiel
Forests of the High Andes Student Pages

Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant (Anairetes alpinus)Its overall world population is estimated at 1000-4000 birds. It moves around in family groups of typically 2-3 birds and seems to favour the higher altitude Polylepis forests; the important factor may be the dense Polylepis canopy. As far as is known Anairetes alpinus has never been found outside a Polylepis forest and there are very few sightings below 4000 m., Though currently classified as “Endangered category A”, alpinus is knocking on the door to the higher category of “Critically Threatened” due to its rapidly decreasing habitat.