Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Crested Gallito (Rhinocrypta lanceolata)


French: Tourco huppé German: Schopfbürzelstelzer Spanish: Gallito copetón

Rhinomya lanceolata

I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire

, 1832,

banks of the Río Negro in Patagonia, southern Argentina


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • R. l. saturata Brodkorb, 1939 – SE Bolivia and W Paraguay.
  • R. l. lanceolata (I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1832) – N & C Argentina S to N Río Negro and S Buenos Aires.
  • Descriptive notes

    21 cm; male 59–63·5 g, female 51·5–64 g. Adult has crown, sides of head and nape cinnamon, streaked white, feathers of crown elongated and forming... read more


    Song, given only during breeding season, especially in early morning, a loud, resonant “... read more


    Dense thorny parts of open brush and undergrowth in Chaco woodland. Mostly terrestrial; sings from... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on arthropods. Walks or runs along the ground, or hops through low branches.


    Lays in Sept–Dec, in some years also in Jan. Nest is a bulky, untidy, globular structure, primarily constructed of grass but also of... read more


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common; although elusive for most of year, sometimes fairly bold during breeding season when singing. Occurs in several... read more

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Crested Gallito (Rhinocrypta lanceolata). 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 29 February 2020).