Photo © by Luis R
San Jos√© de Maipo. Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
, September 2018
- Pteroptochos megapodius
Photo © by artigau
Cerro Tololo, Chile
, February 2005
22¬∑5 cm (8¬ĺ in) - gives a quail-like impression
- Greyish-brown upperparts
- Greenish tint on head, neck, back, wings, and tail
- Rufescent back
- White supercilium
- White chin and moustache
- Rufous throat and upper chest
- White underparts with brown and black stripes
- Black beak and feet
Northern form greyer than southern, nominate form.
South America: found only in Chile .
Two subspecies are recognized:
- Arid northern Chile (Atacama)
- Central Chile (Coquimbo to Concepci√≥n)
Lives on dry, rocky slopes covered by thickets. The northern subspecies lives in more desert-like conditions.
The tail is often cocked. The are more likely to run away from danger than to fly.
They forage on the ground, mostly for insects, but seeds and berries are also eaten.
Voice is a series of hoots.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2016)
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