Blackthroated huethuet

Pteroptochos tarnii

TAXONOMY

Hylactes tarnii King, 1831, Chiloé Island, and Port Otway, Gulf of Penas, Chile.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Huet huet; French: Tourco huet-huet; German: Schwarzkehl-Huethuet; Spanish: Huet-huet del Sur.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

9 in (23 cm); 5.3-6.3 oz (150-180 g). Crown, forehead, and breast dark chestnut. The rest of body is black.

DISTRIBUTION

Southern Chile from Río Bío Bío to Brunswick Peninsula, and adjacent Argentina from Neuquén to northwestern Santa Cruz.

HABITAT

Humid forest.

BEHAVIOR

Terrestrial.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Walks slowly. Flips debris with bill and sometimes scrapes the ground with one foot. Feeds on invertebrates and berries.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nest placed in excavated tunnel or a hollow trunk. Two or three eggs.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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