French: Tourco sable German: Fahltapaculo Spanish: Gallito arena
P. L. Sclater and Salvin, 1873,
Andean slopes of Argentina from SW Salta S to Río Negro.
17 cm; 2 males 35·4 g and 41·8 g, 1 female 35·8 g. Adult has crown and upperparts uniform pale cinnamon, short indistinct white supercilium, dark eyestripe; tail blackish,... read more
Song, reminiscent of that of a Melanopareia, repeated loud “tchowk” notes at 2·1 kHz... read more
Inhabits sparse arid scrub on sand and gravel, especially near banks of dry washes and ... read more
Food and feeding
Diet thought to be mostly arthropods. Feeds entirely on the ground, attempting to stay under cover; runs very quickly from bush to bush,... read more
Lays in Nov–Feb. Nest an open cup of bits of grass, placed at end of tunnel 40–50 cm long, 6–7 cm in diameter, dug into... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Apparently uncommon, but easily overlooked. Several protected areas exist within its range; known to occur in Lihué Calel National Park, Sierra de... read more
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