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Photo byLeif G
Yanachaga-Chemillen National Park, Peru, October 2006
Malacoptila fulvogularis


19–22 cm (7½-8¾ in)

  • Blackish head with white streaks
  • White spot in front of eye and another at base of forehead
  • Whitish chin and whiskers
  • Dark brown upperparts


South America: found on the eastern slope of the Andes in central Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and north-western Bolivia.


  • M. f. substriata - east slope of Eastern Andes of Colombia (southwestern Meta to southeastern Cauca
  • M. f. huilae - head of Magdalena Valley, south central Colombia (Huila)
  • M. f. fulvogularis - east slope of Andes from Ecuador and Peru south to Bolivia (to western Santa Cruz)


They inhabit the understorey of humid montane forests, at heights around 1400 m asl.



Their main diet consists of large invertebrates.


There was no information about breeding at the time of edit (May 2017)


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2017)

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