French: Chilia de Meyen German: Geradschnabel-Erdhacker Spanish: Bandurrita piquirrecta
base of Volcán de Maipú, 10,000 feet [c. 3050 m], Santiago, Chile
Subspecies and Distribution
O. r. montanus
(d’Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1838) – Andes of S Peru (Arequipa to Tacna), Bolivia (La Paz S to Potosí), N Chile (Tarapacá, and probably E Antofagasta) and N Argentina (Jujuy S to Catamarca).
O. r. famatinae
(Nores, 1986) – NW Argentina (Sierra de Famatina, in La Rioja).
O. r. ruficaudus
Meyen, 1834 – Andes of W Argentina (San Juan S to SW Chubut and recently found in NW Santa Cruz#R) and adjacent Chile (S to Santiago).
16–19 cm; 28–41 g. Medium-sized earthcreeper with long, very slightly decurved bill. Nominate race has narrow whitish supercilium, black eyestripe, rest of face... read more
Song a fast series of strained, complaining, chattering “pu” notes, rising into 2... read more
Arid montane scrub at 1800–4300 m, locally down to 1300 m; inhabits rocky arid slopes and... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods, gleaned and extracted from ground. Usually forages solitarily.
Season evidently during austral summer; eggs in Nov–Dec, fledglings in Nov–Jan and nestlings in Feb in Argentina; eggs in Nov... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout range. Habitat reasonably safe from anthropogenic disturbances, except overgrazing. Recently reported from Santa Cruz... read more
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