|Lark-like Brushrunner (Coryphistera alaudina)
|Barra do Quaraí, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
The Lark-like Brushrunner is distributed in northern and central Argentina, western Uruguay, western Paraguay, southern Bolivia and south-west Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.
|It is found in chaco woodland and scrub including the espinilho area of Rio Grande do Sul where these photos were taken.
While it looks remarkably like a lark, its behaviour is very different.
|It has a conspicuous crest and is heavily streaked both above and below. There is a white crescent below the eye and cinnamon-rufous ear-coverts.
They forage on the ground scratching it in the hope of finding beetles, spiders, ants and other insects. They are very social and are usually to be seen in small groups of about 6 to 12 individuals. They are frequently seen in mixed flocks with birds such as Picui Ground-doves Columbina picui and Bay-winged Cowbirds Molothrus badius.