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Chestnut-belted Gnateater - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Anselmo d Affonseca
Amazonas, Brazil, January 2016
Conopophaga aurita


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

  • Chestnut crown and brown upperparts with black edges to the lower back
  • Black throat and sides of head
  • Long white tuft behind the eye can look like a supercilium but may also be held away from the head
  • Rufous breast band
  • Whitish belly


  • Less strongly marked
  • Black in face and throat replaced by rufous-orange
  • Greyish white supercilium both in front and behind eye

Similar Species

Black-breasted Gnateater male has more extensive black bib but lacks a chestnut band below the black throat. It is overall less strongly marked. The ranges are not supposed to overlap.
Ash-throated Gnateater which does overlap in range in Peru and possibly Ecuador differs in being a lot more grey (male) or in having buffy tips to wing coverts forming one to several indistinct wing bars (female).


Photo by arthurgrosset
Palmara, Amazonas, Brazil, September 2003

South America: found in Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.


Formerly included Black-breasted Gnateater.


There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • C. a. aurita:
  • C. a. inexpectata:
  • C. a. occidentalis:
  • Tropical north-eastern Ecuador and north-eastern Peru (east of River Napo)
  • C. a. australis:
  • North-eastern Peru (south to Ucayali) and western Amazonian Brazil


Shady interior of moist forests, mostly in lowland but occasionally higher.


The diet includes insects.


  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/
  3. Avibase
  4. Arthur Grosset
  5. Greeney, H. F. and P. F. D. Boesman (2022). Chestnut-belted Gnateater (Conopophaga aurita), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.chbgna1.02

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