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Slate-crowned antpitta        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Antpittas are curious long-legged, short-tailed furnariids that usually are restricted to dense cover and are very hard to see.   This individual is an exception:   it (and several other species including the bicolored, brown-banded, and the aggressive chestnut-crowned 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.

  • Canon 7DII; 800 mm IS lens + extension tube, fill-in flash (2015)