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Guango Lodge, near Papallacta, Ecuador, November 2013

Alternative name: Rufous-breasted Leptopogon

Leptopogon rufipectus



  • Slate-grey crown
  • Cinnamon rufous mottled lores and face
  • Rufous auricular patch bordered posteriorly by dusky crescent
  • Dark olive upperparts
  • Dusky wings with indistinct wingbars and buffy edges of remiges
  • Warm buffy olive tail
  • Bright cinnamon-rufous throat and broad breastband
  • Yellow rest of underparts, cinnamon-olive thighs
  • Long bill

Sexes similar, females slightly smaller. Juveniles undescribed.


Andes of Colombia, eastern Ecuador, northern Peru, and western Venezuela.
Rare to locally fairly common.


This is a monotypic species.
Birds from the northeast of the range described as race venezuelanus but generally not accepted.
Forms a superspecies with Inca Flycatcher.


Found in mossy cloudforest and other upper montane wet forest. Occasionally in second growth.
Occurs at 1500-2700m, most common above 1900m.



Feeds on arthropods. Takes also some small fruits and berries.
An inconspicuous species, forages out of shady perches in lower canopy and mid-storey.
Often in mixed-species flocks.


No information.


Presumably a resident 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. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2004. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 9: Cotingas to Pipits and Wagtails. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334696

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