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Chestnut-throated Huet-huet - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Glenn Bartley
Chile, 2017
Pteroptochos castaneus


22-25 cm
Shaped like a tapaculo and frequently holding its tail raised. Most of upperside slaty grey but crown and lower back to tail-coverts chestnut, with thin black bars at the rear. Tail is blacker, wings browner and with a buff bar. Underside is chestnut on throat and upper breast becoming paler rufous with black bars towards the rear. Sides of head are blue-grey with a bare, pale pinkish area around the eye which is dark.


Chile north of the Bio-Bio River and the very closest part of Argentina. In Chile found north of the Black-throated Huet-huet, the distributions don't overlap.


This is a monotypic species[1] which in the past has been considered part of Black-throated Huet-huet.


Temperate forests and forest edges. Large trees are needed for nesting cavities, while presence of the bamboo Chusquea culeou (Coligüe) is preferred but not necessary.


Food is exclusively found on the ground but nests are placed in large trees.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Jaramillo, A. 2003. Birds of Chile. Princeton & Oxford: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117409
  3. Krabbe, N. and T. S. Schulenberg (2020). Chestnut-throated Huet-huet (Pteroptochos castaneus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.cthhue1.01

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