Crested gallito

Rhinocrypta lanceolata

TAXONOMY

Rhinomya lanceolata Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1832, Patagonia, on the banks of the Río Negro.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Tourco huppé; German: Schopfgallito; Spanish: Gallito Copetón.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

8.3 in (21 cm); 1.8-2.3 oz (52-64 g). Gray. Crest rufous with thin white streaks. Sides and flanks chestnut. Lower belly is white.

DISTRIBUTION

R. l. saturata: Southeastern Bolivia, and Paraguay. R. l. lanceolata: Argentina from Catamarca and Buenos Aires to Río Negro.

HABITAT

Semi-arid thorny woodland.

BEHAVIOR Mainly terrestrial.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Walks on the ground or hops through low bushes.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nest globular and bulky with a side entrance, placed in bush. Two eggs. Incubation takes 16-17 days, gestation is 14-15 days.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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