Chestnut-crowned Gnateater Conopophaga castaneiceps

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Conopophagidae
  • Polytypic: 4 subspecies
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Two species of Conopophaga are found in the Andes, with this species occupying the northern part of the chain, in Colombia in all three ranges, thence south over the east slope to central Peru, and ranging from about 500 to 2200 m, although the Chestnut-crowned Gnateater is largely confined to elevations above 1000 m. Four subspecies are generally recognized, and a fifth might remain to be described from central Colombia. In general males are very dark below, with a neat rufous forehead, long white ear-tufts, and very dark upperparts, whereas females are also brown above, but have shorter white-tipped ear-tufts, and a largely deep rufous head and underparts, grading paler posteriorly. Despite being rather widespread, the species is not common and is not easily detected without knowledge of its vocalizations, and this gnateater is only regularly heard singing pre-dawn and close to dusk.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Chestnut-crowned Gnateater (Conopophaga castaneiceps), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: