French: Gaucho à queue blanche German: Weißschwanz-Hakentyrann Spanish: Gaucho andino
R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede] and Landbeck
Cordillera de Arica, Chile
Subspecies and Distribution
A. a. pollens
P. L. Sclater, 1869 – Ecuador.
A. a. albicauda
(R. A. Philippi [Krumwiede] & Landbeck, 1863) – Peru, W Bolivia, N Chile (Tarapacá, Antofagasta) and NW Argentina (Tucumán).
25–28 cm. Has narrow buff supercilium, streaked head side; dark grey-brown above, some pale margins on wings; central tail feathers like back, remainder white with... read more
Call a surprising and loud, melodic “teeu, tcheeu-tcheeu-tcheeuw!”, with many... read more
Páramo, puna and montane scrub and areas having sparse and xeric vegetation of... read more
Food and feeding
Large insects, small mammals, lizards, frogs, eggs or nestlings of other birds. Perches conspicuously on rocky outcrops or on bushes,... read more
Birds with enlarged gonads in Jun in NW Ecuador. Male during aerial display circles silently, alternately rising to partial stall and... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Very rare and local. Was apparently once much more numerous, but has declined in recent decades. Total population of a few thousands becoming increasingly... read more
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