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Chestnut-crowned Gnateater - BirdForum Opus

Photo by firecrest15
F.A.C.E. Trail, Wildsumaco, east Andes, Ecuador, April 2015
Conopophaga castaneiceps


13–14 cm (5-5½ in)

  • Chestnut head
  • White postocular tuft


South America: found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • C. c. chocoensis:
  • Colombia (western slope of west Andes and Baudó Mountains in western Chocó)
  • C. c. castaneiceps:
  • Central and East Andes of Colombia to central Ecuador
  • C. c. chapmani:
  • Eastern slope of Andes of southern Ecuador to northern Peru (San Martín)
  • C. c. brunneinucha:
  • Eastern slope of Andes of central Peru (Huánuco to Cusco)


Interiors of tall mossy rainforests, both tropical and subtropical.



They forage on or near the ground looking for arthropods.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2016)

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