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Chestnut Antpitta

Grallaria blakei

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Medium-sized antpitta restricted to cloud forest along the east slope of the Andes in northern and central Peru. Mostly chestnut-brown; similar to Rufous Antpitta, but has a pale, faintly barred belly and lacks white around the eye. Also similar to Bay Antpitta, but is smaller and has no gray on the crown. Found in dense understory, where it is typically very hard to see; usually stays on the ground unless singing. Some lodges in northern Peru have feeding stations, making it much easier to find. Song is a fast, whistled trill lasting a few seconds. In the southern part of its range, song is higher in pitch and descending; these birds eventually may be described as a new species or subspecies.

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