Tetrao malouinus Boddaert, 1783, Islas Malvinas. Monotypic.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
French: Attagis de Magellan; German: Weissbauch-Hцhenlдufer; Spanish: Agachona Patagona.
10–11 in (26.5–29 cm). Head speckled and upperparts and breast cryptically patterned with blackish, rufous, and buff. Rump densely barred blackish and pale buff. Chin, belly, and narrow tip of tail white. In flight shows conspicuous white band on underwing.
Breeds at 2,100–6,600 ft (650–2,000 m) in southernmost Chile and Argentina. Descends to adjacent lowlands in winter. Apparently straggles to Islas Malvinas.
Scree and moorland, especially with crowberries (Empetrum) and Azorella cushions. In winter on stony, dry riverbeds and wide shores of partly dry lakes.
In pairs or family groups, in winter in large flocks. Emits loud calls in flight.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Reportedly feeds on crowberries and other plant material.
Four eggs, little else known.
almost never visited by humans, parts of range protected.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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