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Photo by: ibera
Formosa, Argentina, August 2009
Alectrurus risora


20cm (30 cm including tail)

  • Black head, back and breast band
  • White underparts
  • Featherless throat which turns bright pinkish-red during the breeding season
  • Elongated, black tail feathers
Photo by beechwood
Lake Ibera, Argentina, January 2012


  • Upperparts brown streaked
  • Pale breast band
  • Narrow brown stripes at the end of the tail feathers.


Locally in eastern Paraguay, southern Brazil, Uruguay and northern Argentina


This is a monotypic species[1].


Pastisales. Wet grasslands associated with marshes, and requires fairly tall grasses of between 1 and 1.5 metres for breeding.


The diet includes invertebrates.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. ArKive
  3. BirdLife International
  4. BF Member observations

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