Tawny Antpitta, Ecuador

Tawny Antpitta
Antisana National Park, Ecuador   –   October 19, 2022
— Ralph Paonessa
Canon EOS R5   *   RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM   *   ISO 3200   *   1/1250 sec @ f/7.1

The squat, upright antpittas remind me of tropical penguins. Most members of this family rarely venture into the open, but the tiny Tawny Antpitta is an exception.

In the open terrain of the high páramo, this bird is heard constantly, but often ventures into the open - especially if you learn to imitate its distinctive whistle.

Hopping on long legs with a diminutive 6.5-inch body from bill to tail, it forages on the ground and rarely flies. This individual was found at 13,000 feet.

Photo ID: 20221019-74-Enhanced-NR