French: Carouge austral German: Strichelkopfstärling Spanish: Tordo patagón
Subspecies and Distribution
C. c. curaeus
(Molina, 1782) – C & S Chile from Coquimbo (rarely Atacama) S, including Chiloé I and most islands along coast, to Straits of Magellan, and SW Argentina (Neuquén S along Andes to Santa Cruz).
C. c. reynoldsi
(W. L. Sclater, 1939) – S Chile and extreme S Argentina (Tierra del Fuego and nearby islands).
Male average 26·8 cm and 83·3 g, female average 82·9 g (nominate, SW Argentina); male 114·6 g, female 99·1 g (reynoldsi). A large blackbird with long bill noticeably... read more
Song distinctive, a slow repetition of trills and hollow squeaky whistles mixed with “koo-ree-teeoo... read more
Mesic Mediterranean-type scrub and woodland in C Chile, mostly in valley bottoms, also open... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous, consuming insects, aquatic invertebrates, small vertebrates, seeds, fruits, some nectar (from the bromeliad Puya).... read more
Season Oct–Dec; three nests in Argentina (Victoria I, on L Nahuel Huapi) contained incubated eggs or recently hatched chicks in mid-Dec.... read more
Largely resident. Some movement apparent; nominate race recorded as accidental in S Mendoza (WC... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common and widespread in much of range; less common in Tierra del Fuego. Tolerates, and even benefits from, moderate transformations of natural... read more
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