French: Upucerthie fauve German: Langschnabel-Erdhacker Spanish: Bandurrita ocrácea
Other common names:
Plain-breasted Earthcreeper (jelskii, saturata)
Sierra de Mendoza, Argentina
Subspecies and Distribution
U. v. saturata
Carriker, 1933 – W Andes of C Peru (Ancash, Huánuco, NW Pasco).
U. v. jelskii
(Cabanis, 1874) – Andes of C & S Peru (Lima and Junín to Puno), N Chile (Tarapacá), W Bolivia (La Paz S to Potosí) and NW Argentina (Jujuy).
U. v. validirostris
(Burmeister, 1861) – NW Argentina (Salta S to La Rioja and Mendoza, W Córdoba).
17–21 cm; 30–45 g (nominate), 33–42 g (jelskii). Medium-sized, rather plain earthcreeper with long, strongly decurved bill. Has pale buffish-white... read more
Not especially vocal. Song (nominate) a long dry trill of c. 10 or more “tyik” notes at... read more
Puna grassland and arid montane scrub, mostly at 2700–4000 m, locally down to 2500 m... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods; lepidopteran larvae, larvae and adults of Coleoptera, Diptera and springtails (Collembola) recorded. Usually solitary, or in... read more
Breeds during austral summer; in Jan–Feb in C Peru; nestlings in Feb in S Peru, eggs in Nov in Chile, and eggs from Nov and nestlings... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare to locally fairly common. Habitat occupied is reasonably safe from anthropogenic disturbances, except overgrazing by livestock. read more
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