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Male, which seems to have lost the central tail feather; the white spot is usually only visible from below
Photo by njlarsen
Putre (at 3500m), Northern Chile November 2009
Catamenia analis


Photo by BirdsPeru
Chosica, Lima, Peru, October 2005

Male: Upperparts dark grey to bluish-grey, black in face (chin, front and around eye), white speculum, paler grey underparts, rufous vent, stubby, yellow, conical bill, white band at the base of the tail usually only visible from below or when the tail is spread.
Female is streaked, has reddish-brown on wings, and two pale wing bars.


Juvenile Male (probably race analoides on range)
Photo by Peter de Haas
Huaraz, Peru, january 2007

Western South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina



There are 7 subspecies:

  • C. a. alpica:
  • Santa Marta Mountains (north-eastern Colombia)
  • C. a. schistaceifrons:
  • C. a. soederstromi:
  • Andes of northern Ecuador (Imbabura to Chimborazo)
  • C. a. insignis:
  • Eastern slope of Andes of Peru (Cajamarca to Ancash)
  • C. a. analoides:
  • Western slope of Andes of Peru (Piura to Ayacucho)
  • C. a. griseiventris:
  • Andes of south-eastern Peru (Cuzco)
  • C. a. analis (subinsignis):


High-altitude scrub and dry places at 2000-4000m.



Their diet mainly consists of seeds.


  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. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Arthur Grosset
  5. BF Member Observations

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