Ocellated tapaculo

Acropternis orthonyx

TAXONOMY

Merulaxis orthonyx Lafresnaye, 1843, Colombia. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Mérulaxe ocellé; German: Perlenmanteltapaculo; Spanish: Churrin Ocelado.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

8.5 in (21.5 cm); 2.9-3.5 oz (81-100 g). Hindclaw very long and straight. Bill elevated at base. Mainly black with large white spots. Rump and flanks chestnut. Forehead, face, throat and upper breast rufous.

DISTRIBUTION

A. o. orthonyx: Andes of northwest Venezuela, and eastern and central chains of Colombia. A. o. infuscata: Andes of Ecuador and northern Peru.

HABITAT

Mainly bamboo thickets in humid forest.

BEHAVIOR

Almost invariably in close pairs rummaging slowly on the forest floor or hopping lethargically through tangles of bamboo, occasionally onto mossy trunks and thick branches several meters above the ground.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Digs with both feet simultaneously in an awkward jump. Food includes both arthropods and plant material.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Unknown.

CONSERVATION STATUS Not threatened.

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