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Plain-backed Antpitta - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Stanley Jones
Napo Province, Ecuador,Jan., 2016
Photo by AWPittman
Tena, Ecuador, January 2016
Grallaria haplonota

Identification

16.5 - 17cm (6½-6¾ in).

  • Brown above
  • Crown often slightly greyer
  • Whitish lores
  • White throat
  • Dusky malar stripe and pale buff moustache
  • Ochraceous rest of underparts, slightly darker on breast
  • Dark rufescent tail
  • Dark brown eye

Sexes similar. Juveniles are undescribed.

Distribution

Locally in northern Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and northern Peru.
Uncommon to locally fairly common.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Four subspecies recognized:

Habitat

Found on floor and understorey of tropical most montane forest and forest edge. Prefers steep slopes along creeks at 700 - 1950m.
In Colombia replaced sharply by Yellow-breasted Antpitta at higher levels.

Behaviour

Diet

Feeds on small invertebrates like spiders, worms, snails and also soft insects.
Usually seen foraging alone on the ground, walking and running.

Breeding

Breeding season mainly in April to August in coastal Venezuela. One nest described as hemispherical structure made of sticks and placed on the ground. Lays 2 eggs.

Movements

Probably a sedentary species.

References

  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. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2003. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 8: Broadbills to Tapaculos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334504

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