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Red-and-white antpitta        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Antpittas are one of a large group of 'antbirds' (also including antbirds, antwrens, antthrushes, and antshrikes) native to the Neotropics.   This species, the red-and-white antpitta, is typical of antpittas:   long-legged, plump, short-tailed ground-dwellers.   This particular species is endemic to the Peruvian Andes; I photographed this individual in a bamboo thicket at about 2800 m altitude along the Manu Road.

  • Canon 7D; 500 mm IS lens, some with 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2013)