An Introduction to the Birds of Tropical America

    Songbirds - Antpittas    

Antpittas hop along the forest floors of tropical America, and can be found at all altitudes. Antpittas are not as closely associated with ants as are antbirds, but some species do follow ant swarms.


Chestnut-crowned Antpitta
Chestnut-crowned Antpitta (Grallaria ruficapilla)
Rio Blanco Ecological Reserve, Manizales, Caldas, Colombia
The three note call of the Chestnut-crowned Antpitta is commonly heard in its large range.

Ochre-breasted Antpitta
Ochre-breasted Antpitta (Grallaricula flavirostris) Male
Wildsumaco Lodge, Sumaco, Ecuador
Ochre-breasted Antpittas and at least one other in the genus grallaricula continually twist their bodies left to right.

Slaty-crowned Antpitta
Slaty-crowned Antpitta (Grallaricula nana)
Rio Blanco Ecological Reserve, Manizales, Caldas, Colombia
A very small antpitta.

Tawny Antpitta
Tawny Antpitta (Grallaria quitensis)
Cajas National Park, Ecuador
The Tawny Antpitta is quite different that almost all antpittas in that it is found outside of the forest in the 'paramo' ecosystem, and readily comes out into the open.

Bicolored Antpitta
Bicolored Antpitta (Grallaria rufocinerea)
Rio Blanco Ecological Reserve, Manizales, Caldas, Colombia


© Tom Friedel - All Rights Reserved.