French: Tourco à moustaches German: Weißbart-Bürzelstelzer Spanish: Huet-huet turca
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. m. atacamae
R. A. Philippi [Bañados], 1946 – N Chile in Atacama (Vallenar and Copiapó).
P. m. megapodius
Kittlitz, 1830 – C Chile from Coquimbo to Bío Bío (Concepción).
22·5 cm; 2 males 113 g and 135 g, 1 unsexed 95 g. Adult is grey-brown above, forehead paler and browner, feathers of crown with darker centres, lores and ear-coverts... read more
Song loud and resonant, a series 6 seconds long of 10–15 gurgling, crake-like “guerk... read more
Matorral and scrubby and semi-open slopes, often where scattered rocks and boulders present. N race... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on insects, as well as some berries and seeds. Primarily terrestrial, often feeding in the open. Walks and runs, scraping ground with... read more
Lays in Sept–Dec, but construction of burrow may start earlier. Nest an open cup of soft grass, placed in cavity at end of burrow 1... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central Chile EBA. Fairly common to common. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Cerro La Campana National... read more
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