November 4, 2016 – White-bellied Cinclodes (Cinclodes palliatus)

Endemic to Peru, these birds are found in boggy areas with short grass, often near streams, in the Andes mountains. They feed on worms, small frogs, and insects, foraging in vegetation or around water. Though their nesting behavior is not well studied, a nest has been observed in a rocky area, built from plant materials and feathers. They are classified as Critically Endangered by the IUCN, as their specialized habitat is threatened by the extraction of peat and by mining. Their population is estimated to be fewer than 500 birds.

Also see this video of a family group running around.


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