French: Attagis de Magellan German: Weißbauch-Höhenläufer Spanish: Agachona patagona
S Chile and Argentina, from Magellanes and Río Negro to islands off Cape Horn.
26·5–29 cm; 312–398 g. Cryptically coloured, resembling N Hemisphere ptarmigan (Lagopus) in general appearance. Above and on most of foreparts... read more
Flight calls an excited-sounding “tu-whit tu-whit” or “too-ee too-ee...”, given continually.
Occurs mainly on windswept ridges with scree or in moorland, especially in places with crowberry... read more
Food and feeding
Crowberry and other plant material recorded. No further information available.
Eggs known from Jan, but large chicks also seen in same month. Nest a depression lined with plant matter, e.g. short stems, moss and lichen... read more
Depending on severity of weather, descends in winter to adjacent lowland plains (see also Habitat)... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally occurs at low densities, but largely protected from human interference by occupation of harsh and inaccessible habitat.... read more
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