French: Upucerthie des buissons German: Schuppenkehl-Erdhacker Spanish: Bandurrita común
I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
Patagonia = banks of the Río Negro, Argentina
Subspecies and Distribution
U. d. peruana
J. T. Zimmer, 1954 – Andes of S Peru (Puno).
U. d. hypoleuca
Reichenbach, 1853 – W Bolivia, C Chile (Antofagasta S to Maule) and W Argentina (Jujuy S to N Río Negro, E to Córdoba).
U. d. dumetaria
I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1832 – S Chile (Aisén, Magallanes) and C & S Argentina (Córdoba and Buenos Aires S to N Tierra del Fuego); S populations migrate to N Argentina and S Uruguay.
20–22 cm; 37–55·5 g. Large earthcreeper with long, strongly decurved bill. Nominate race has whitish supercilium, rest of face grizzled greyish white and... read more
Song (often given from top of bushes) rendered “chippy, chippy, chippy, chip” or... read more
Arid montane scrub, arid lowland scrub, and puna grassland, to 4000 m. Inhabits shrubby slopes and... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods. Usually solitary. Forages by probing and gleaning ground.
Breeds during austral summer; eggs and nestlings in Oct–Dec in Chile and Argentina. Presumably monogamous. Nest at end of tunnel 1... read more
Mainly resident, with some post-breeding downslope movement. Nominate race probably leaves Tierra... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common in S portion of range. Evidently very rare in N; in Bolivia has been found at just a few localities, and there are no... read more
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