|Ochre-flanked Tapaculo (Eugralla paradoxa)
Chilean name: Churín de la Mocha
I was searching for what I thought was a Black-throated Huet-huet Pteroptochos tarnii that I could hear scratching in the dense undergrowth at the very tip of the Lucay Peninsula when I heard some cheeping beside me. Turning round I saw two juvenile Ochre-rumped Tapaculo but they were so close that I couldn't focus my camera on them. An adult then appeared but had disappeared by the time I had manoeuvred myself into a position where I could focus. The two youngsters were still there fortunately.
|Ochre-flanked Tapaculo is distributed in south-central Chile from south of Santiago to Chiloe and in adjacent areas of Argentina. It is found in dense undergrowth and seems to prefer Chusquea bamboo.
It has a distinctive bill shape which gives it a flat-headed look. The adult is grey with an ochre rump, crissum and rear flanks. The legs are bright yellow. The juvenile is barred all over.