French: Annumbi alouette German: Chaco-Buschläufer Spanish: Espinero crestudo
no locality = near Paraná, Brazil.
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. campicola
Todd, 1915 – SE Bolivia (Chuquisaca, S Santa Cruz) and W Paraguay.
C. a. alaudina
Burmeister, 1860 – S Bolivia (Tarija), N & E Argentina (Salta and Chaco S to Mendoza, La Pampa and S Buenos Aires), NW Uruguay and extreme SE Brazil (W Rio Grande do Sul).
15–17 cm; 27–42 g. Crested, terrestrial furnariid with unusual facial pattern, general appearance very like that of a lark (Alaudidae). Has whitish area extending... read more
Primary vocalization described as a high-pitched, tremulous, tinkling trill, “rrrrrew” or “croe,... read more
Arid lowland scrub; arid Chaco and monte woodland; ranges into adjacent agricultural... read more
Food and feeding
Recorded food items are Coleoptera (especially Curculionidae; also Elateridae), Orthoptera, Hemiptera, spiders, and snail shells; some... read more
Season during austral spring-summer; eggs from late Sept to Jan and nestlings in Oct in Argentina. Perhaps monogamous; “extra” birds in... read more
Mainly resident; some local movement to N in austral winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to abundant in much of its range. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Chancaní Natural Reserve, in Argentina.
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