French: Sturnelle du Pérou German: Weißschenkelstärling Spanish: Loica peruana
Subspecies and Distribution
L. b. bellicosus
(De Filippi, 1847) – SW Colombia (Nariño) and W Ecuador S to C Peru (Junín).
L. b. albipes
R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede] & Landbeck, 1861 – SW Peru (Ica) S along Pacific slope of Andes to extreme N Chile (Arica, Tarapacá).
Male average 20·5 cm, 78·5 g; female average 61·4 g. Male nominate race is mostly greyish-brown with blackish streaks above, head and side of neck... read more
Male flight song complex and variable, not very musical, ending in buzzy note, the whole lasting c... read more
Meadows, grassland and agricultural land; in coastal deserts found at oases or in irrigated fields... read more
Food and feeding
Rather scant information. Diet presumably mostly arthropods, small vertebrates, seeds and some fruit. One stomach from Ecuador contained... read more
Season Mar–May in Ecuador and Oct–Nov in Chile. Mating system not known. Male has short up-and down flight display accompanied... read more
Apparently resident. Altitudinal movements probable in highlands.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Reasonably common. Has recently expanded its distribution following conversion of woodlands into pasture.
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