Family Seedsnipes (Thinocoridae)

Least Concern

Grey-breasted Seedsnipe (Thinocorus orbignyianus)


French: Thinocore de d’Orbigny German: Graubrust-Höhenläufer Spanish: Agachona mediana

Tinochorus [sic] Orbignyianus

I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire and Lesson

, 1831,

Santiago, Chile


Racial differentiation appears to be rather weak. Two subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. o. ingae Tschudi, 1843 – Andes from N Peru (Cajamarca) through W Bolivia to N Chile (Tarapacá) and NW Argentina (S to Catamarca and apparently Mendoza)#R.
  • T. o. orbignyianus I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire & Lesson, 1831 – Andes from NC Chile (Antofagasta) and NW Argentina (La Rioja) S to Tierra del Fuego.
  • Descriptive notes

    19–24 cm; 96–140 g. Cryptically coloured, with upperparts scalloped and vermiculated cinnamon-buff. In flight, shows narrow white wingbar above, broad white... read more


    Song described as a repetitive, dove-like “coocoop...coocoop...coocoop...” given at the... read more


    Puna grassland, sometimes on bunch-grass steppe, but most frequent in areas with low and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly buds and leaf tips of herbs and succulent plants. No further information available. Usually found in pairs or small (presumably... read more


    Eggs in Oct–Nov, but also at other times of year, e.g. Jan–Feb. Breeds in solitary pairs. Nest is placed in grass or clump of... read more


    Poorly known. Most populations may show seasonal altitudinal shifts, when may move down close to... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common throughout range, even in quite heavily overgrazed highlands. Much of habitat is at high altitude where, being... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fjeldså, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Grey-breasted Seedsnipe (Thinocorus orbignyianus). 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 21 September 2019).