Chucao tapaculo

Scelorchilus rubecula

TAXONOMY

Pteroptochos rubecula Kittlitz, 1830, Concepción, Chile. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Tourco rougegorge; German: Rotkehl-Tapaculo; Spanish: Tapacola Chucao.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

7.3-7.5 in (18.5-19 cm); 1.5-1.6 oz (43-45 g). Brown. Throat and breast orange. Belly gray with irregular black and white bars.

DISTRIBUTION

5. r. rubecula: Southern Chile from Colchagua to Aysen, and adjacent Argentina from Neuquen to Chubut. 5. r. mochae: Southern Chile on Mocha Island.

HABITAT

Bamboo thickets in humid forest and woodland.

BEHAVIOR

Mainly terrestrial.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Walks on the ground. Food includes invertebrates and berries. REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nest placed in excavated tunnel. Two or three eggs.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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