Chestnut-crowned antpitta

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Chestnut-crowned antpitta
Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Rio Blanco, Colombia (5746788680).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Grallariidae
Genus: Grallaria
G. ruficapilla
Binomial name
Grallaria ruficapilla
Grallaria ruficapilla map.svg

The chestnut-crowned antpitta (Grallaria ruficapilla) is a species of bird in the family Grallariidae. It is found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forest and heavily degraded former forest, which it has a much greater tolerance for than most antpittas. Usually this bird lives at elevations of 1,900 to 3,100 meters (6,200–10,200 ft).

It is mid-sized for an antpitta, averaging 18.5 centimeters (7.3 in) long. It has an orange-rufous head and nape. The back is olive brown and the throat is white. The belly is white overlaid with black-brown streaking, mainly on the sides and the flanks. The legs are gray-blue. This combination of field marks renders this species fairly distinctive when seen.

Though shy and secretive like all Grallaria to some extent, this species hops into the open reasonably often, though rarely far from cover. Most often they range into open areas at or soon after dawn. In some areas, this species has become habituated to being fed worms, and in exchange can be watched by birdwatchers.[2] The frequently heard song is often delivered from a slightly elevated perch and is loud, distinctive repeated "wheuu".


  • The Birds of Ecuador by Robert S. Ridgely & Paul Greenfield. Cornell University Press (2001), ISBN 978-0-8014-8722-4.
  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Grallaria ruficapilla". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22703274A93914281. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22703274A93914281.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Cabañas San Isidro Bird Watching Ecuador Forest". Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2011-03-11.

External links[edit]

Audio recordings of Grallaria ruficapilla on Xeno-canto.