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Grallaria nuchalis

Chestnut-naped Antpitta

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Grallariidae

Authors: Kirwan, Guy M

Grallaria nuchalis

Colombia; 2 July 2012 © Guillermo Ossa

The Chestnut-naped Antpitta is a typical ground-dwelling Grallaria, although it sings from a low perch, and which strongly prefers bamboo thickets in humid montane forest at 1900 to 3150 m. Its geographical range extends from north-central Colombia to northernmost Peru. As is typical of the Grallariidae, very little has been published to date concerning this species’ ecology, although the eggs have been described, and the Chestnut-naped Antpitta is presumably a fairly strict insectivore. Three species of the Chestnut-naped Antpitta are recognized and these differ principally in their crown colour and the intensity of the saturation to the underparts, although there are also some differences in their vocalizations. The basic plumage pattern, common to all three, is of gray underparts with a darker face, and rufous-brown upperparts, usually brightest and most rufescent over the crown and nape.

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Recommended Citation

Kirwan, Guy M. 2010. Chestnut-naped Antpitta (Grallaria nuchalis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=404521

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

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