Marvelous Crescent-faced Antpitta (Grallaricula lineifrons) in Caldas (July 23, 2011).

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On July 23/2011, a pair of Crescent-faced Antpitta was sighted by a group of birders from the Caldas Ornithological Society on the Old Road to Los Nevados National Park. The sighting was published in the Society’s electronic bulletin (Merganetta No. 48, August 06, 2011 –

To achieve this sighting, Daniel Uribe used prospective playback of the bird’s song. The sighting is the first official record proving the presence of the species in the state of Caldas and is perhaps the most northern record for the species along the Central Andes of Colombia. When Hilty and Brown published their seminal book Birds of Colombia in 1986, there were only two reports for the species at the Puracé region (southern Andes) of Colombia and only one specimen for Ecuador. Later in 2005, Rivera and Ramírez published an article in the Journal Ornitología Colombiana (No. 3, pp. 81-83) with the report of two birds captured in midst nets at high Andean forests in the nearby state of Quindío. In 2010 a group of birders from Belgium sighted one bird at Los Nevados, but the site for that sighting was not released by the guide of that group nor identified with precision on the trip report published by birder Giles Delforges.

For its rarity and paucity of records, Crescent-faced Antpitta is regarded as a vulnerable species and is included in Colombia’s Red List of birds.