Rusty-breasted Antpitta in Ecuador
It is a very small antpitta that lives in Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and Bolivia. This antpitta is found in southern Ecuador (near Peru) and curiously also inside the Puluahua Crater which is my residence near Quito in northern Ecuador. There has been no studies that explain why this bird only resides inside our homey crater, but I suspect that most of its habitat has been destroyed in the highlands of Ecuador and somehow it found the correct conditions for its subsistence in this crater.
This bird is fairly common here in the Puluahua Geobotanical Reserve and lives between 2000 and 2600 m.a.s.l. It is very shy and difficult to see; playback is necessary to lure it out of the chusquea (highland bamboo) vegetation which is one of its preferred habitats. It typically shows-up in the vegetation just above ground level for very short periods before it finds a better hiding spot. The best way to find it is by its song which resembles a two day old chick: pew, pew, pew.
Rusty-breasted Antpitta – Grallaricula ferrugineipectus