Black-crowned Antpitta Pittasoma michleri

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Conopophagidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Patrick O'Donnell


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Black-crowned Antpitta
eBird range map for Black-crowned Antpitta

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Black-crowned Antpitta occupies the understory of wet, primary forest and tall second growth, mostly in the foothill zone or hilly areas (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Historical changes

Although there is scant information about this secretive species, they may have historically been more widespread at lower elevations as there are records from such lowland sites as the OTS station at La Selva, Costa Rica, the Achiote Road in Panama, and along the Pipeline Road north of Gamboa in Panama.(Karr 1971). There are no recent records of this species from these sites. Deforestation has also likely reduced the range of this species.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

O'Donnell, P. (2014). Black-crowned Antpitta (Pittasoma michleri), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.