French: Rara du Paraguay German: Zweibinden-Pflanzenmäher Spanish: Cortarramas argentino
See P. raimondii (above). Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. r. angustirostris
d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1837 – highlands of C & S Bolivia (La Paz and Santa Cruz S to Tarija), and N Argentina (around Pichanal, in N Salta).
P. r. rutila
Vieillot, 1818 – N & E Argentina (S to Mendoza, La Pampa, Río Negro and NE Chubut); in winter also Paraguay and W Uruguay.
18–19·5 cm; 30–57 g. Distinctive, with short crest, conspicuous pale iris, short, stout, conical bill with finely serrated edges. Male has rufous forehead... read more
Usual call, by both sexes, a mechanical “errrrrrr”, like sound made by winding old-... read more
Chaco woodland, open woodland and woodland edge with dense undergrowth, also riparian thickets,... read more
Food and feeding
Herbivore; feeds mainly on foliage (up to 90% of diet); some fruits and flowers also taken. Food items include buds, shoots and leaves of... read more
Eggs in Jan–Feb and Sept–Dec; fledglings recorded in Dec and Jan, and juveniles in Dec, Feb, Mar and May; may raise two broods... read more
Resident and partial migrant. Some S populations move N after breeding, and those breeding at high... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common, even locally abundant seasonally. Not restricted to undisturbed habitats, as it occurs in agricultural lands and gardens. Nominate... read more
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