Family Seedsnipes (Thinocoridae)

Least Concern

Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe (Attagis gayi)


French: Attagis de Gay German: Rotbauch-Höhenläufer Spanish: Agachona grande

Attagis Gayi

I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire and Lesson

, 1831,

Santiago, Chile


Geographically isolated race latreilli distinctive, perhaps deserving further study. Specimens from Catamarca, in NW Argentina, apparently intermediate between simonsi and nominate#R. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. g. latreillii Lesson, 1831 – Ecuadorian Seedsnipe – NC Ecuador (Pichincha to NW Morona-Santiago).
  • A. g. simonsi C. Chubb, 1918 – C Peru (Lima, Huánuco) through N Chile (Tarapacá) and W Bolivia to NW Argentina (Jujuy).
  • A. g. gayi I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire & Lesson, 1831 – Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe – Andes of Chile and Argentina, from Antofagasta and Salta S to Tierra del Fuego.
  • Descriptive notes

    27–30 cm; 283–403 g. Cryptically coloured, intricately mottled rufous-brown, dorsal feathers with concentric dusky lines giving scalloped effect, underparts pale... read more


    Considered to be most vocal in flight, when may call continuously, but also sometimes when running... read more


    Rocky slopes, scree, and other bleak alpine terrain in Andeas. Often stays close to snow-line, but... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fragments of thorny and succulent plants recorded. No further information available.


    Egg-laying in Sept–Oct in Chile and in Dec in NW Argentina; young found in Oct and early Nov in Ecuador. Monogamous and solitary.... read more


    Apparently moves only on a very local scale. Rarely flushes, but when does so may fly far and... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Status of species poorly known because of its harsh and inaccessible habitat. Generally fairly common within its narrow altitudinal... read more

    Recommended citation

    Fjeldså, J. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe (Attagis gayi). 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 5 April 2020).