Jocotoco Antpitta

South America


Grallaria ridgelyi


Logging, gold mining, and other unsustainable human activities caused gradual but irreversible destruction of its forest habitat.

The Jocotoco Antpitta, a member of the Formicariidae family, is a passerine bird species that exclusively inhabits the wet, mossy forests of Ecuador and Peru. ‘Jocotoco’ was taken from the unique onomatopoeic sound it make (not so different from an owl’s hoot) while its scientific name is a tribute to the world-renowned ornithologist Dr Robert Ridgely who made the discovery in 1997.

Adults have a grapefruit-shaped body that can weigh up to 200 grams about the size of a melon. Its legs are used like pogo sticks while going after army ants, its favourite food item.