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Moustached Turca

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Nominate racePhoto © by Luis R San Jos√© de Maipo. Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile, September 2018
Nominate race
Photo © by Luis R
San José de Maipo. Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile, September 2018
Pteroptochos megapodius


[edit] Identification

Nominate racePhoto © by artigau Cerro Tololo, Chile, February 2005
Nominate race
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

[edit] Variations

Northern form greyer than southern, nominate form.

[edit] Distribution

South America: found only in Chile .

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • P. m. atacamae:
  • Arid northern Chile (Atacama)
  • P. m. megapodius:
  • Central Chile (Coquimbo to Concepci√≥n)

[edit] Habitat

Lives on dry, rocky slopes covered by thickets. The northern subspecies lives in more desert-like conditions.

[edit] Behaviour

The tail is often cocked. The are more likely to run away from danger than to fly.

[edit] Diet

They forage on the ground, mostly for insects, but seeds and berries are also eaten.

[edit] Vocalisation

Voice is a series of hoots.

[edit] References

  1. 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
  2. Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2016)
  4. GoChile

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