- Chestnut-crowned Antpitta
Chestnut-crowned Antpitta In Colombia Conservation status Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Passeriformes Family: Formicariidae Genus: Grallaria Species: G. ruficapilla Binomial name Grallaria ruficapilla
The Chestnut-crowned Antpitta (Grallaria ruficapilla) is a species of bird in the Formicariidae family. It is found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests 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 m.
It is mid-sized for an antpitta, averaging 18.5 cm (7.35 in) long. It has a 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. The frequently heard song is often delivered from a slightly elevated perch and is loud, distinctive repeated "wheuu".
- BirdLife International 2004. Grallaria ruficapilla. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 26 July 2007.
- The Birds of Ecuador by Robert S. Ridgely & Paul Greenfield. Cornell University Press (2001), ISBN 978-0801487224.
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