French: Pépoaza traquet German: Rotrücken-Nonnentyrann Spanish: Monjita castaña
Sierra de Mendoza [type from pampa S of Mendoza, near San Carlos and Totoral], Argentina
C Argentina from Mendoza S to SW Buenos Aires and NE Santa Cruz; winters N to N Argentina (Tucumán to Entre Ríos); recorded in extreme S Brazil (SW Rio Grande do Sul)#R and Chile#R.
18–19 cm. Male has rufescent crown, prominent long white supercilium, white head side with black streaks; back rufescent or rufous-brown, rump greyish-white; wings... read more
Little known; adults with fledglings give soft metallic “pik”.
Steppe and grassland with scattered low bushes (Larrea, Condalia, Chuquiraga... read more
Food and feeding
Insects. Often in pairs or small groups up to five individuals when breeding; flocks of up to 20 or 30 reported in austral winter. Often... read more
Little known. Sept–Mar; fledglings in Dec in Chubut. During display male flies up and descends, with wings making metallic rattle.... read more
Resident in N. S populations migratory, spending winter (Apr–Aug) in N Argentina (N to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Uncommon at Valdés Peninsula, in Chubut. Habitat has been severely altered by overgrazing and deforestation, and... read more
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