IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Biology

The moustached turca is thought to feed mainly on insects and worms, as well as some berries and seeds (2) (4). Living mainly on the ground, the bird can often be seen walking and running in the open, scraping the ground with its strong claws and sometimes moving surprisingly large stones as it forages (2) (3). Breeding occurs between September and December, although nest construction usually starts earlier than this, with both the male and female helping to excavate a long burrow in a hillside or bank. The burrow can measure up to an impressive three metres in length, and ends in a widened chamber, which is lined with dry grass (2) (4) (6). Two to three white eggs are laid (2) (4), but little else is known about the breeding biology of this species.

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