|Dark-bellied Cinclodes (Cinclodes patagonicus)
Chilean name: Churrete
November / December 2005
The Dark-bellied Cinclodes is distributed in Chile from about Santiago southwards to Tierra del Fuego and in adjacent areas of extreme western Argentina. It is found near streams, lakes and marshlands from sea level up to 2,500 m.
|There are 2 sub-species, the nominate seen in the first photo and C. p. chilensis in all the others. C. p. chilensis has browner underparts and reduced streaking on the belly but this is very difficult to see in the field. (The second photo was taken with flash which distorts the colours somewhat).
It has a bold white supercilium and throat.
|Like all cinclodes it gives a vigorous display when singing, flicking its wings over the body and beating them in time to the song. Photos 3 to 5 show a bird making such a song display at Salto de Laja when a small group were displaying like crazy unperturbed by the hordes of tourists (none of whom seemed to notice these lovely wee birds).|
|The photo 7 shows a juvenile on the beach in Chiloe. It was being fed by the adult seen in the previous photo.|