Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Moustached Turca (Pteroptochos megapodius)


French: Tourco à moustaches German: Weißbart-Bürzelstelzer Spanish: Huet-huet turca

Pteroptochos megapodius


, 1830,

Valparaíso, Chile


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).
  • Descriptive notes

    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


    Presumably sedentary.

    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

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Moustached Turca (Pteroptochos megapodius). 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).