French: Rara à queue rousse German: Rotschwanz-Pflanzenmäher Spanish: Cortarramas chileno
C & S Chile (S from Vallenar, in S Atacama, to Magallanes) and SW Argentina (S from W Neuquén to W Santa Cruz).
18–20 cm; 38–44 g. Distinctive, with short crest, bright eye, short, stout, conical bill with finely serrated edges. Male has chestnut crown, blackish head side;... read more
Mechanical-sounding rasp, “e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-errrrrrrr”, initial notes accelerating... read more
Open thorny scrub (e.g. with Berberis bushes), woodland edges, clearings in Nothofagus... read more
Food and feeding
Diet mainly grasses, buds, shoots and leaves, especially of legumes, also some fruits and berries; insects also taken. Clear preference for... read more
Two seasons, in Oct–Nov and in Dec–Jan; eggs in Jan and Oct–Dec, nestlings in Nov. Shallow cup-shaped nest, diameter 14... read more
Resident in most of range. Those in far S migrate N after breeding; also, individuals breeding at... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common and widespread. Not restricted to undisturbed habitats, as it occurs in secondary forest, agricultural areas and even gardens. Occurs... read more
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