|Scale-throated Earthcreeper Upucerthia dumeteria
Chilean name: Bandurilla
November / December 2005
The Scale-throated Earthcreeper is distributed in south Peru, Chile and central and southern Argentina. Northern populations are Andean and found up to 4,000 metres asl but they are found closer to sea level further south.
|Photos 1 and 2 taken at Torres del Paine show the nominate subspecies with its long, decurved bill, whitish supercilium, speckled face and scaled breast.
Photos 3, 4 and 5 taken at the Cajon del Maipo show the subspecies U. d. hypoleuca. This is browner above with fainter scaling on the breast.
|They feed on insects, spiders and their larvae which they find on or under the ground.|
They build their nest at the end of a 1 to 2 metre long tunnel usually on a slope and occasionally in a crevice of the rocks. Photo 5 shows a bird entering its nest.