Crested gallito

Crested gallito
Rhinocrypta lanceolata

Photo by Aline Wolfer (Oiseaux d’Argentine)

Common name:

crested gallito (en); tapáculo-de-crista (pt); tourco huppé (fr); gallito copetón (es); schopfbürzelstelzer (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Rhinocryptidae

This species is found in south-eastern Bolivia, western Paraguay and in Argentina down to Rio Negro.

The crested gallito is 21 cm long and weighs 52-64 g.

These birds are found in moist savannas and lowland dry scrublands and thorny woodlands. They are present from sea level up to an altitude of 1.800 m.

Crested gallitos feed only on the ground, mainly eating insects and spiders. They may also eat berries when in season.
These birds are monogamous and may form permanent pair bonds. They build a globular nest in a bush, near the groud, using root fibers, grass, moss, and a few small twigs. There the female lays 2 white eggs which are incubated by both parents for 16-17 days. The chicks are fed by both parents and fledge 14-15 days after hatching.
IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a large breeding range, but is described as uncommon. Thes population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

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