Family Tapaculos (Rhinocryptidae)

Least Concern

Sandy Gallito (Teledromas fuscus)


French: Tourco sable German: Fahltapaculo Spanish: Gallito arena

Rhinocrypta fusca

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1873,

Mendoza, Argentina




Andean slopes of Argentina from SW Salta S to Río Negro.

Descriptive notes

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


Presumably sedentary.

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

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Sandy Gallito (Teledromas fuscus). 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 29 February 2020).