Spotted Antpitta (Hylopezus macularius)

Spotted Antpitta

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Formicariidae | [latin] Hylopezus macularius | [UK] Spotted Antpitta | [FR] Grallaire tachetee | [DE] Rostflanken-Ameisenpitta | [ES] Chululu Pichon Punteado | [IT] Pitta forrmichiera maculata | [NL] Roodflank-mierpitta


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Hylopezus macularius SA Amazonia
Hylopezus macularius diversus
Hylopezus macularius macularius
Hylopezus macularius paraensis

Physical charateristics

Forehead, crown and nape grey; rest of upperparts, including tail, olive brown. On the wings the feathers are orange-buff and black margined. An orange region around the eyes and ears olive brown. Under parts yellowish white on breast heavily streaked. On distance this streaking looks like a band, contrasting with the yelolw-white body cover.

Listen to the sound of Spotted Antpitta

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size min.: 14 cm size max.: 15 cm
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broods: 1   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 3  


It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.


This is an uncommon bird that prefers to inhabit the densely vegetated clearings found in terra firme rain forests.


The nest is a simple collection of dead leaves resting about 75 centimeter above ground on rootlets.

Feeding habits

It lives alone or, less frequently, in pairs, feeding on insects, which it finds by turning over the foliage on the ground. It is difficult to observe but is usually seen while running or hopping along the ground.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 3,000,000 km

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