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Blackish Cinclodes

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Alternative name: Tussockbird

Photo by charelli Falkland Islands, January 2004
Photo by charelli
Falkland Islands, January 2004
Cinclodes antarcticus



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


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



There are 2 subspecies:

  • C. a. maculirostris:
  • Tierra del Fuego and Cape Horn Archipelago
  • C. a. antarcticus:


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



The diet includes small invertebrates.


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.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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