Ash-throated Gnateater (Conopophaga peruviana)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Conopophagidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Napo, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Tambopata, SE Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Napo, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Acre, Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~11.5 cm (4.5 in). The male Ash-throated Gnateater has brown upperparts and crown. The mantle has a distinctive scaled effect. The sides of the head and breast are gray. It has a long gray and white superciliary/tuft. The female has brown upperparts also with a scaled effect on the mantle and a rufous wing bar. The long superciliary is gray and white. The breast is chestnut with a pale center of the belly. Gnateaters have a roundish body with a short tail and long legs. It forages on or near the ground in Terra Firme forest. The female is similar to a female Chestnut-belted Gnateater but has a distinctive brown scaling effect to the mantle versus a plain mantle on the female Chestnut-belted Gnateater. These two species overlap only on the east side of the Ucayali River.

Status: The Ash-throated Gnateater is uncommon and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 1000 m along the foothill of the Andes. It is not known to occur on the east side of the Napo River and north side of the Amazon River. The Ash-throated Gnateater also occurs in Co, Ec, Br and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Jejenero de Garganta Ceniza.

Sub-species: Ash-throated Gnateater (Conopophaga peruviana), Des Murs, 1856.

Meaning of Name: Conopophaga: Gr. kōnōps, kōnōpos= gnat and phagos, phagein= eating, to eat. peruviana: Originated or associated with the country of Peru in South America.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 03/01/2017.