Karl Overman: Birds and More


Antpittas are a secretive lot, except for their voices, so it is no surprise that a number of them took a long time to discover and there are surely more to find.  Exhibit #1 is this species. Even though it is large and uniquely plumaged, it was not discovered until 1997 by the dean of Ecuador ornithology (and Panama, and all of the Neotropics for that matter), Robert Ridgely.  The discovery was a catalyst for the Jocotoco Foundation which has done stellar work in preserving key habitats in Ecuador, including the preserve where this species was first discovered in cloud forest mountains not far from the Peru border. There is a large covered observation area where people can watch the daily feeding of this species each morning.

Jocotoco Antpitta (Grallaria ridgelyi)

modified December 12, 2018