Moustached turca

Pteroptochos megapodius

TAXONOMY

Pteroptochos megapodius Kittlitz, 1830, Valparaiso, Chile. OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Turco; French: Tourco à moustaches; German: Turco; Spanish: Huet-huet Turco.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

8.9 in (22.5 cm). Brown. Brow and broad moustache are whitish. Belly barred dusky.

DISTRIBUTION

P. m. atacamae: Northern Chile in Atacama. P. m. megapodius: Central Chile from Coquimbo to Concepción.

HABITAT

Semi-arid scrub.

BEHAVIOR

Terrestrial.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Walks and runs, then stops and scrapes the ground with one foot.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nest placed in excavated tunnel. Two, rarely three eggs.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not threatened.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS None known. ♦

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