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)


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)


Black-cheeked Gnateater - Conopophaga melanops
Black-cheeked Gnateater
Conopophaga melanops menanops
Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Assu, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
Male. This is a characteristic bird of lowland Atlantic Forest, and it can be rather common in well-forested areas. (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)













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