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Photo by AWPittman
North-east Ecuador, January 2016
Attagis gayi


27–30 cm (10½-11¾ in); short legs, long pointed wings

  • Scalloped pale rufous underparts
  • Reddish brown upperparts


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



Attagis gayi has three subspecies:

  • A. g. latreillii:
Andes of northern Ecuador
  • A. g. simonsi:
  • A. g. gayi:
  • Andes of Chile and Argentina to Tierra del Fuego


Paramo, rocky slopes, scree, alpine tundra.


Monogamous; the chicks are precocial. The nest is a shallow scrape in the ground. The clutch consists of 2-3 eggs.


Little is known about what they eat, apart from thorny and succulent plants.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2016)
  4. Thewebsiteofeverything

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