This chunky denizen of the forest floor has a short cocked tail and walks like a chicken. Look for the mostly rufous underparts (especially bright on the breast and undertail coverts) and rufous head with a black face. Like other antthrushes, tends to be quite shy and difficult to see as it struts on the ground within cloud forest. Found at higher elevations than other Formicarius antthrushes, from around 1,100–2,000 m. Far more often heard than seen; listen for the piercing two-parted whistled song, with the second note slightly higher-pitched than the first.
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