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Blackish Cinclodes

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Alternative name: Tussockbird

Photo by Joseph Morlan Saunders Island, Falkland Islands, 2 March 2018
Photo by Joseph Morlan
Saunders Island, Falkland Islands, 2 March 2018
Cinclodes antarcticus


[edit] Identification

18 to 23 cm
Dark brown, paler, buff speckled throat, very pale stripe over eye, faint rufous wing bar, long, down curved bill with pale yellow spot at the base.
Sexes similar

[edit] Distribution

Southern South America: found in Chile, Argentina and the Falkland Islands

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies[1]

There are 2 subspecies:

  • C. a. maculirostris:
  • Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn Archipelago (yellow base to mandible)
  • C. a. antarcticus:

[edit] Habitat

Rocky coasts and islands amongst tussock grass; sand dunes and gardens.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

The diet includes small invertebrates.

[edit] Breeding

It builds a cup-shaped nest from grass, lined with feathers and positioned under rocks or amongst clumps of grass. The clutch consists of 1-3 white eggs with red spots. Incubation lasts for two weeks; the young fledge after a further two weeks.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Avibase
  3. Remsen, J.V., Jr & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Blackish Cinclodes (Cinclodes antarcticus). 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 16 May 2018).
  4. Jaramillo, A. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton & Oxford: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117409
  5. Wikipedia
  6. BF Member observations

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