Ochre-fronted Antpitta

South America


Grallaricula ochraceifrons


It has a very small and specialised natural habitat which has already been subjected to various alterations to make way for timber production and agriculture as well as conversion into privately-owned properties.

It was not until 1976 that the Ochre-Fronted Antpitta, a very solitary and secretive bird species native to Peru, was discovered. One of the first to provide a full-length photo of this plump, long-legged bird is Daniel J. Lebbin in 2010. The photo was taken within the Abra Patricia Reserve, a 24,000-acre protected habitat founded by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC) in 2004.

The Ochre-Fronted Antpitta only grows up to five inches in length and is predominantly brown but with white underparts that are covered with black streaks. The ochre-buff forehead and eye rings found exclusively in males are where it gets its name.