Moustached Turca Pteroptochos megapodius

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Rhinocryptidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Daniel Sziklai G.

Moustached Turca is a charismatic bird endemic to Chile, primarily the central foothills and margins of the Atacama Desert. It is a large tapaculo currently placed in the genus Pteroptochos, the same as the huet-huets. The species has massive feet and thick legs with a brown body and a wide, white moustache stripe on the face. Moustached Turca usually is seen on the ground on sandy or rocky slopes with its tails cocked up above the back in a wren-like fashion. Moustached Tapaculo nests in a burrow dug into the side of a hillside; many nests have been found along road cuts.

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© Andrew Spencer

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Moustached Turca (Pteroptochos megapodius), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: