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Watkins's Antpitta

Grallaria watkinsi

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Medium-sized antpitta with limited range in dry woodlands in southwest Ecuador and northwest Peru. Fairly common and unmistakable within range and habitat. Typical antpitta shape: plump and short-tailed with long legs, like a grapefruit on stilts. Brown above with bold streaking on underparts, messy-looking face, and a tawny crown. Looks like a washed-out version of Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, which occurs at higher elevations (and typically in wetter forests). Voice is distinctive: a descending series of rich whistles ending with a longer rising note. Usually secretive, but can be detected as it noisily hops through dry leaf litter.

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