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Black-breasted Gnateater - BirdForum Opus

Conopophaga snethlageae


10·5–13 cm (4-5 in) -- a species with a rounded body and very short tail

  • Upperside including crown brown (chestnut to olive brown)
  • Black in face, throat and breast extending to upper belly
  • White post-ocular tuft of feathers can be held in or extended out from the head
  • Belly whitish buff
  • Flanks darker buff


  • less strongly marked, but has whitish supercilium both behind and in front of eye
  • Lacks black face and throat, instead showing brownish orange

Similar Species

Chestnut-belted Gnateater male has less extensive black bib but instead has a chestnut band below the black throat. It is overall more strongly marked. The ranges are not supposed to overlap.


South America: Endemic to Brazil, mostly in the state of Para but reaching into Mato Grosso.


Formerly included in Chestnut-belted Gnateater.


Two subspecies are recognized[1].

  • C. s. snethlageae:
  • Brazil south of River Amazon (lower River Tapajós to central Pará)
  • C. s. pallida:
  • Central Brazil (central Pará to western bank of River Tocantins)


Found in the interior of primary or well-preserved old secondary forests.


Known to eat small invertebrates.


A dry rattle given at a slower pace than Chestnut-belted Gnateater but still containing many notes per second, and lasting 2-3 seconds.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/

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