GNATEATERS   -   CONOPOPHAGIDAE



Rufous Gnateater - Conopophaga lineata
Rufous Gnateater
Conopophaga lineata lineata
Near Lençois, Bahia state, Brazil.
Male? This individual is not showing the white crescent typical of the species. (D3)


Chestnut-belted Gnateater - Conopophaga aurita
Chestnut-belted Gnateater
Conopophaga aurita occidentalis
Zancudococha, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador.
Male. Found widely throughout much of the Amazon and Guianan regions, though some races are likely to be split in the future (see below). (S8)


Chestnut-belted Gnateater - Conopophaga aurita
Chestnut-belted Gnateater
Conopophaga aurita snethlageae
Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Male. A distinctive subspecies that will likely be split one of these days; it really does not look much like the bird in the photo above. (S8)



Hooded Gnateater - Conopophaga roberti
Hooded Gnateater
Conopophaga roberti
About 40 km east of Barra do Corda, Maranhão state, Brazil.
Male. A Brazilian endemic. The Hooded Gnateater is a species rarely seen by birders - not because it is rare, but because it inhabits an area of northeastern Brazil that is off the beaten track. I found this one on a random rest stop just off the side of a busy highway. (D3)


Ash-throated Gnateater - Conopophaga peruviana
Ash-throated Gnateater
Conopophaga peruviana
Yasuní Research Station, Orellana province, Ecuador.
Found in the western Amazon region, south of the Rio Napo. (S6)


Black-cheeked Gnateater - Conopophaga melanops
Black-cheeked Gnateater
Conopophaga melanops perspicillata(?)
Michelin forest, Ituberá, Bahia state, Brazil.
Male. Based on range, the subspecies should be perspicillata, but this may not be a valid taxon. It appears far more like the plate of nigrifrons in HBW Vol. 8 than of melanops, with the broader black on the forehead and more extensive white on the belly (compare to next shot). However there is apparently a lot of individual variation. (D3)


Chestnut-crowned Gnateater - Conopophaga castaneiceps
Chestnut-crowned Gnateater
Conopophaga castaneiceps castaneiceps
WildSumaco, Napo province, Ecuador.
Male. Scarce and local in Andean cloudforest from Colombia to Peru. (S7)













Website design and all photos copyright Nick Athanas
For questions, comments, or photograph licensing info, please email