This time, our Bird of the Month is coming a bit late. This is not because we want to, instead, because it was hard to choose among the great birds we had in August. Last week, we end up a trip to northern Peru in search of the endemic birds of the area. And definitively, this female Ochre-fronted Antpitta (Grallaricula ochraceifrons) deserves to be our Birth of the Month.
This species is an endemic, secretive, bird of the northeaster Andes of Peru. Found in the mountains of San Martin and Amazonas departments, this species prefers humid forests at elevations between 1900 and 2400 meters.
It is easily identified by its mall size, ochraceous-buff forecrown, and the black scalopped breast.
These are very shy birds, confined to the dense undergrowth of epiphyte-laden montane forest. Nevertheless, at Fundo Alto Nieva, in San Martin department, this birds have been used to come into the open by feeding them with worms. Thanks to this initiative, Ochre-fronted Antpittas are now quite easy to see and photograph. All you need is to have some patience, and be at the feeders at the right time of the day.
This species can bee seen in the following trip to northern Peru: