Sierra Nevada Antpitta Grallaria spatiator

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Rotund bird with long legs and a short tail restricted to Colombia’s Santa Marta Mountains. It is mostly brown with a tawny breast, pale belly, and short mustache stripe. Similar to Rusty-breasted Antpitta, but larger, longer-legged, and found at higher elevations. Usually stays on the ground inside cloud forest where it is hard to see, but sometimes perches higher to sing and may venture out into the open just before dawn. Gives a short, burry whistle every few seconds as well as a longer, descending trill. Formerly considered to be a subspecies of what used to be called Rufous Antpitta.

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