Family Ovenbirds (Furnariidae)

Least Concern

Band-tailed Earthcreeper (Ochetorhynchus phoenicurus)


Taxonomy

French: Chilia rougequeue German: Schwarzschwanz-Erdhacker Spanish: Bandurrita patagona
Taxonomy:

Eremobius phœnicurus

Gould

, 1839,

Port Desire, San Julián and Santa Cruz, east coast of Patagonia, Argentina

.

Previously placed in monotypic Eremobius. See also O. ruficaudus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW Argentina (Neuquén and Río Negro S to Santa Cruz) and extreme S Chile (NE Magallanes)#R.

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm; 28–34 g. Small earthcreeper with thin, straight, medium-length bill. Has white supercilium, dark eyestripe, more rufescent auriculars; crown and upper... read more

Voice

Song a fast dry trill that sometimes ends with separate sharp “ti” notes; alarm a... read more

Habitat

Arid lowland scrub and temperate grassland, to 1200 m. Inhabits sparsely vegetated plains, plateaux... read more

Food and feeding

Arthropods. Usually forages solitarily. Probes and gleans for food items in ground, grass clumps, cushion-plants, also in rock crevices. read more

Breeding

Breeds during austral summer; eggs recorded in Sept and nestlings in Jan. Presumably monogamous. Nest a large oval mass (c. 55 × 30 cm) of... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common. Habitat within its range appears to be reasonably secure, with overgrazing probably the only form of anthropogenic... read more

Recommended citation

Remsen, J.V., Jr (2019). Band-tailed Earthcreeper (Ochetorhynchus phoenicurus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/56376 on 13 December 2019).