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Black-crowned Antpitta

Pittasoma michleri

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Striking and rare, this antpitta is found in humid foothill forest from Costa Rica to Colombia. It is quite plump and very short-tailed, with a hefty hooked bill. Distinctive plumage with black crown and throat, rufous cheek, and boldly scalloped black-and-white belly. Singles or pairs are denizens of the forest understory, usually found on or near the ground. Most likely to be found following an army ant swarm. Listen for a fast series of piping notes and harsh “wick wick wick” scolding calls.

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