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Photo by: firecrest15
Refugio Paz de las Aves, West Andes, Ecuador, April 2015
Odontophorus melanonotus


Length 23–28 cm (9-11 in)

  • Upperparts dark brown
  • Throat and breast bright rufous
  • Brown underparts with light streaking
  • Male has breast darker than female


Female and one young
Photo by: NJLarsen
Refugio Paz de las Aves, West Andes, Ecuador, August 2015

South America: found in montane forests of north-western Ecuador and adjacent south-western Colombia, between 1200 and 2700m.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Subtropical forest floor in dense tangled undergrowth, at heights around 1100–1900 m.


Forages in small groups on the forest floor, rarely coming out into the open. Most often encountered when close approach forces an explosive flushing, a short flight, then disappears into dense foliage again.
Frequently heard, seldom seen.


Little has been recorded; they are known to eat insects and fruit.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2015)

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