French: Foulque géante German: Riesenblässhuhn Spanish: Focha gigante
Fulcia [sic] gigantea
Eydoux and Souleyet
S Peru through W Bolivia to N Chile and NW Argentina (Laguna de Antofagasta, in Catamarca)#R.
48–59 cm; c. 2000–2500 g. Adult deep slaty, inclining to black on head and neck; variable white streaking on lateral undertail-coverts; very heavy-bodied with... read more
Male gives alternating gobbling or laughing “houehouhouhouhoou” and low, growling “hrr” or “horr”... read more
Ponds and lakes in barren highlands of Andean puna zone; most numerous on lakes with... read more
Food and feeding
Vegetarian: takes much aquatic vegetation, especially Myriophyllum, Potamogeton, Zanichellia, Ruppia;... read more
Breeds at any season but laying peaks in local winter, Jun–Jul, often with second clutch Nov–Feb. Monogamous and permanently... read more
Immatures disperse widely by flying at night but adults normally attached to territory and nest for... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Scarce through most of range, but large populations exist in some areas, including c. 12,000 in Lauca National Park, N Chile.... read more
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