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.
Plain-backed Antpitta (Grallaria haplonota) |
Wildsumaco Lodge, Sumaco, Ecuador
Giant Antpitta (Grallaria gigantea) |
Tandayapa Lodge, Ecuador
Maria, a Giant Antpitta, was the first antpitta trained to come for worms. Now as many as a dozen species have been trained in several countries. This is a lucky shot of Rosita, an antpitta which was never properly trained.
Hooded Antpitta (Grallaricula cucullata) |
Otún Quimbaya Wildlife Sanctuary, Pereira, Risaralda, Colombia
Finding very rare species is one of the great joys of bird watching.