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Ochre-breasted antpitta

Grallaricula flavirostris
Photo by Scott Olmstead (Internet Bird Collection)

Common name:
ochre-breasted antpitta (en); tovaca-ocre (pt); grallaire ocrée (fr); tororoi piquigualdo (es); ockerbrust-ameisenpitta (de)

Order Passeriformes
Family Formicariidae

This species is found along the Pacific slopes of Central and South America, from Nicaragua down to Bolivia.

These birds are 10 cm long and weigh 16 g.

Ochre-breasted antpittas are found in tropical and sub-tropical moist forests, at altitudes of 500-2.750 m.

They forage on the ground or in low vegetation, mostly hunting insects.

The ochre-breasted antpitta breeds in April-July. The cup-shaped nest is made of fresh green moss and lined with thin sticks, black rhizomorphs and more moss. It is placed in a fork in a small tree or sapling, 2-4 m above the ground. There the female lays 1-2 pale reddish-brown eggs with dark spots, which are incubated for 17-21 days. The chicks fledge 14-16 days after hatching.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a relatively large breeding range and is described as fairly common. This population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

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