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Conopophaga ardesiaca


12.5-14 cm.


  • Dark grey forehead and side of head
  • White postocular plume
  • Brown crown and upperparts scaled black
  • Grey underparts with brownish tinge on flanks and belly, some birds from Chochabamba darker
  • Dark brown eye


  • Greatly reduced postocular tuft
  • Brown to rufous forehead and area around eye
  • White belly patch
  • Variable upperparts from dark brownish to olivaceous or washed rufous

Juveniles with pale V-shaped marking paralleling feather edges.
saturata has a browner back and a darker face and breast.


Bolivia and southern Peru.
Common but difficult to observe.


Two subspecies recognized:

  • C. a. saturata on the eastern slope of the Andes of southern Peru
  • C. a. ardesiaca in the Andes of southeastern Peru to southern Bolivia

Confusing range of plumage variation in Bolivia, probably another yet undescribed taxon involved.


Dense undergrowth of moist montanes. Often around treefalls, old clearings and road edges.
Occurs at 800 to 1800 m, locally higher.



Feeds on arthropods. Captures prey by short reaches and gleans from foliage and leaf litter on or near the ground


Few information. Fledglings recoreded in November.


This is a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2014)

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