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Photo by Rodrigo Reyes
Cajon del Maipo, Chile, August 2006
Curaeus curaeus


All black, which theoretically should have bluish gloss; long, pointed bill. Sexes similar.
Immatures: their secondaries and primaries are brownish


South America: found in Chile and Argentina



There are 3 subspecies

  • C. c. curaeus:
  • C. c. recurvirostris:
  • Southern Chile (Magellanes)
  • C. c. reynoldsi:
  • Tierra del Fuego, Navarino and Hoste islands


Photo by njlarsen
Santiago de Chile, Chile, November 2009

A common city bird; also found in semi-open to open areas, but does need trees or other elevated perches to sit on.


Vocal and conspicuous, often found singly to small flocks.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Alvaro Jaramillo. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton Field Guides. ISBN 0-691-11740-3
  3. Arthur Grosset

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