Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Huet-huet (Pteroptochos tarnii)


French: Tourco huet-huet German: Schwarzkehl-Bürzelstelzer Spanish: Huet-huet gorjinegro

Hylactes Tarnii

P. P. King

, 1831,

Chiloé Island, and Port Otway, Gulf of Penas, Chile


Close to P. castaneus (which see), and formerly considered conspecific. Monotypic.


S Chile, from R Bío Bío (also locally on right bank S of R Laja) S to N Magallanes, and adjacent W Argentina (from W Neuquén S to SW Santa Cruz); could occur locally farther S, as recorded in Brunswick Peninsula#R.

Descriptive notes

23 cm; male 165–184 g, female 150–179 g, unsexed 133–171 g. Appearance of a large-bodied, short-tailed dark thrush (Turdidae). Adult has forecrown, lower... read more


Song a series 6–8 seconds long of 20–32 hollow “whoo” notes at 400–... read more


Inhabits dense parts of humid Nothofagus-dominated forest, with or without understorey of... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; also some berries and seeds. Mainly terrestrial. Walks slowly within dense thickets, from time to time pausing to scrape ground... read more


Lays in Nov or Dec. Nest an open cup of soft grass, placed in cavity at end of burrow 0·5–2 m long dug into bank or under... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chilean Temperate Forests EBA. Uncommon generally in Chile, but locally common (e.g. Mocha I); less numerous in... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Black-throated Huet-huet (Pteroptochos tarnii). 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 on 17 February 2020).