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Acropternis orthonyx
Photo by Sam Woods
Tapichalaca, Zamora Chinchipe, Ecuador, February 2010


22 cm

  • Mainly black with large white spots
  • Rump and flanks chestnut
  • Forehead, face, throat and upper breast rufous
  • Hindclaw very long and straight
  • Bill elevated at base


Local along Andes from Venezuela south to northern Peru.

Photo by Steve Blain
Tandayapa Valley, Ecuador, March 2006



Two subspecies are recognized:

  • A. o. orthonyx:
  • A. o. infuscatus:
  • Andes of eastern Ecuador and extreme north-western Peru (southern Amazonas)


Cloud and temperate rainforest and elfin forest, often near bamboo.



Diet includes both arthropods and plant material.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. fjocotoco.org
  3. Answers.com
  4. BF Member observations

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