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Chestnut-crowned antpitta        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Antpittas are curious long-legged, short-tailed furnariids that usually are restricted to dense cover and are typically very hard to see.   This individual is an exception:   it (and several other species including the slate-crowned and bicolored antpittas) have been painstakingly tamed to come to offerings of earthworms.   It was photographed at Rio Blanco Lodge near Manizales, in the Central Andes of Colombia.   Chestnut-crowned antpittas are large and fairly aggressive; this one very effectively kept a smaller brown-banded antpitta away from the worms.

  • Canon 7DII; 800 mm IS lens + 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2015)