Nava's Wren - Hylorchilus navai
Nava's Wren
Hylorchilus navai
Ocosocuautla, Chiapas, Mexico.
Nava's Wren (along with the similar Sumichrast's Wren H. sumichrasti) is restricted to humid forest with limestone outcrops in southern Mexico. This bird was presumably the male; he was singing from the top of a rock while another bird, presumably the female, collected nesting material nearby. As far as I know, these two species are the only ones in the New World totally restricted to areas with limestone. There are a couple of Old World species with similar habitat requirements. Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark IV camera and a Canon 100-400mm f4-5.6 IS II lens with a 1.4x teleconverter, handheld, on 12 April 2017.You can find previous featured photos here.

Welcome to antpitta.com. I use this site to share my photographs of wild birds. With over 3200 photos of more than 2500 bird species, it has become one of the largest private collections of bird photos on the web. Most photos are from the Neotropics, though I do have a section for photos from elsewhere around the world. I have been continually improving my gear and skills over the last eight years. Many of the older shots are not the best quality, but I am always striving to improve them.

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Latest updates and blog:

21 April: With 32 species, Mexico is more to a tremendous variety of wrens (only Colombia has more).  I photographed some of them on my recent trip, and today I'm uploading decent shots of Rock WrenGray-breasted Wood-Wren, and Boucard's Wren. I shot two quite different-looking Rock Wrens in Oaxaca, which makes me think that two different subspecies occur there, contrary to published ranges. I've also added two new species of sparrow to the site, Lark Sparrow, which winters as far south as Oaxaca, and Bridled Sparrow, a really pretty Mexican endemic.

Rock Wren - Salpinctes obsoletus
Rock Wrens inhabit several archaeological sites near the city of Oaxaca in Mexico

Gray-breasted Wood-Wren - Henicorhina leucophrys
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren from Oaxaca in southern Mexico

Boucard's Wren - Campylorhynchus jocosus
Gray-breasted Wood-Wren from Oaxaca in southern Mexico

Lark Sparrow - Chondestes grammacus
Lark Sparrows winter as far south as southern Oaxaca in Mexico

Bridled Sparrow - Peucaea mystacalis
Bridled Sparrow, endemic to arid areas of south-central Mexico

17 April: TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY!  Hard to believe, but antpitta.com went online ten years ago in 2007. The first ever "featured photo" was a Rufous-crowned Tody-Tyrant from Ecuador, a digiscoped shot (back then pretty much all my shots were digiscoped). Today I am starting to add some shots from my five week stint in Mexico. Nava's Wren is the new headline photo, though my favorite bird from the whole trip was the Unspotted Saw-whet Owl shown below. We got super close to this bird on the first tour, but it was calling from deep inside the foliage and remained unseen (thanks to Alberto Martínez for taking us to the site). It really wasn't on the original plan for the second tour, but we had done so well with our other targets that we decided to go for it. It required a 3:30am start from Tuxtla Guttiérez but it was totally worth it! We were lucky to get it when we did, since bad weather (high winds, fog, light rain) settled in immediately after we saw the bird, and stayed for the rest of the day. We felt quite lucky.

Unspotted Saw-whet Owl - Aegolius ridgwayi
Unspotted Saw-whet Owl from southern Mexico

9 March: A short trip to Northern Colombia got me a few decent shots, including a lucky photo of a Black-backed Antshrike. I've added a few more below, all of them improvements on images I had gotten on previous trips: Golden-winged Sparrow, Strong-billed Woodcreeper, Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush, and Green-rumped Parrotlet. I leave in a couple of days for a very long trip to Mexico. The last time I went to Mexico I had only just gotten a decent DSLR - this time around I have much better gear, so hope to get some better material. 

Strong-billed Woodcreeper - Xiphocolaptes promeropirhynchus
A very approachable Strong-billed Woodcreeper from El Dorado Lodge in Northern Colombia

Golden-winged Sparrow - Arremon schlegeli
Golden-winged Sparrow scavenging some seeds beneath a feeder in Minca, Colombia

Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush - Catharus fuscater
This Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush was near the woodcreeper - both were feeding on recently-hatched insects that were in and near the trail

Green-rumped Parrotlet - Forpus passerinus
A tiny Green-rumped Parrotlet hanging in a fruiting tree near the Caribbean coast in Northwest Colombia

9 February: I've finally been able to do a reasonably big update, adding a bunch of species from my Ecuador trip late last year, and changing the "featured" photo to a Helmeted Woodpecker from a Southeast Brazil trip in October. For a first time in a while, I've been able to add another antpitta species (29 now) to antpitta.com, a Plain-backed Antpitta from eastern Ecuador. It's not the prettiest antpitta out there, but still neat (as are all antpittas!). I highlighted a few other shots below: Masked Mountain-Tanager, Black-winged Saltator, and Dusky Piha. Some other bew shots are Ochre-breasted Antpitta, Dark-breasted Spinetail, Uniform Treehunter, Lita Woodpecker (crappy shot but documents a nest), Lawrence's Thrush, and Yellow-browed Sparrow. I've also added two external galleries on Flickr, one for a trip to Yellowstone in October and another for Myanmar in January. Tomorrow I head off for a short tour to Colombia.

Plain-backed Antpitta - Grallaria haplonota
A Plain-backed Antpitta at a worm feeder at WildSumaco Lodge in Ecuador

Masked Mountain-Tanager - Buthraupis wetmorei
A Masked Mountain-Tanager at the edge of the páramo at 3700 m (12,100 ft) near Papallacta in Ecuador

Black-winged Saltator - Saltator atripennis
Black-winged Saltator coming to a banana feeder in Northwest Ecuador

Dusky Piha - Lipaugus fuscocinereus
We were lucky to get eye level shots of a Dusky Piha along the Guacamayos Ridge Trail in Ecuador

31 December
: I have been neglecting antpitta.com lately, unfortunately, due in part to a busy schedule that has taken me to Brazil and Ecuador over the last several months, among other places. Later today I leave for another trip to Southeast Asia, so I wanted to find time for one last update for 2016. I just changed the "featured photo" to Rufous-crowned Antpitta, which has become a lot more approachable at Mashpi Shungo since my first visit. I've also picked a few of my favorite shots from the Brazil and Ecuador trips to upload: White-eared Puffbird, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow, Dark-backed Wood-Quail, and Green (Inca) Jay. Happy New Year everyone!

White-eared Puffbird - Nystalus chacuru
White-eared Puffbird waiting to take food to an active nest

Red-ruffed Fruitcrow - Pyroderus scutatus
Female Red-ruffed Fruitcrow at Intervales State Park in Brazil

Dark-backed Wood-Quail - Odontophorus melanonotus
Dark-backed Wood-Quail at Angel Paz's refuge in Ecuador

Green Jay - Cyanocorax yncas
Green (Inca) Jay at eating insects near a light at San Isidro in Ecuador
1 September: I have reorganized the antbird galleries and improved a lot of the photos, making them brighter and sharper. I also added a few additional shots of certain species, such as Chestnut-backed Antbird and Ocellated Antbird. Antbirds are often photographed in extreme low light conditions, and it is tricky to process them to make them look bright and natural, but not too noisy. One of these days I may make a blog about how I do this. For example, the Chestnut-backed Antbird was shot at an extreme ISO (12800) yet still came out quite nice. The Ocellated Antbird was shot at 6400 ISO.

Chestnut-backed Antbird - Poliocrania exsul
Chestnut-backed Antbird - now a new monotypic genus: Poliocrania

Ocellated Antbird - Phaenostictus mcleannani
An Ocellated Antbird attending an antswarm in Panama

19 August
: I've been improving some of the Neotropical galleries, such as woodpeckers and parrots, by reprocessing old photos and even uploading some new ones, like this Magellanic Woodpecker. I've also added various non-neotropical photos to my Flickr account.

Magellanic Woodpecker - Campephilus magellanicus
A Magellanic Woodpecker feeds recently fledged young in Tierra del Fuego.

1 August
: While guiding my last tour I visited a lodge in Southeast Brazil called Itororó Lodge. It's near Nova Friburgo in the state of Rio. It's not really a "new" lodge, but the owners partnered with with Andy Foster, who formerly operated Serra dos Tucanos Lodge, and he's helped turn in it into a very nice birding and bird photography lodge. The feeders are absolutely superb with the likes of Magpie Tanager, Brassy-breasted Tanager,
Golden-chevroned Tanager, and Maroon-bellied Parakeet regularly coming in - all these photos are from their feeders.

Magpie Tanager - Cissopis leverianus
Magpie Tanager

Brassy-breasted Tanager - Tangara desmaresti
Brassy-breasted Tanager

Golden-chevroned Tanager - Thraupis ornata
Golden-chevroned Tanager

Maroon-bellied Parakeet - Pyrrhura frontalis
Maroon-bellied Parakeet
 26 July: Here's a Planalto Slaty-Antshrike from one of my recent Brazil tours. It has a large range stretching from northeastern to south-central Brazil.

Planalto Slaty-Antshrike - Thamnophilus pelzelni
Planalto Slaty-Antshrike

Birds of Western Ecuador23 June: Birds of Western Ecuador has been released! I'm pretty happy with how it came out. It's been a long road, and I'd like to thank everyone who helped make it a reality. If you contributed photos and are still awaiting payment and/or complimentary copies, please send me an email and I will pass it on to them.

The book is widely available from most online retailers including Amazon, Buteo Books, NHBS, Andrew Isles, etc. I hope for it to be available within Ecuador at some point, but that may take some time.

I'm leaving today for a couple of Brazil tours, so hopefully will have some new shots to share when I return in a few weeks.

7 June
: I have a nice shot of White-tipped Sicklebill from almost three years ago that somehow slipped through the cracks and never got uploaded. I just added it as the headline shot, which was due to be changed anyway.

23 May
: I haven't had a chance to work on the website lately, but today I added a couple of shots from western Ecuador, Streak-headed Woodcreeper and Fasciated Wren.

Streak-headed Woodcreeper - Lepidocolaptes souleyetii
Streak-headed Woodcreeper

Fasciated Wren - Campylorhynchus fasciatus
Fasciated Wrens

31 March
: This morning I'm adding the rest of my photos from Colombia in February and March. Some of my favorites come from the deserts of the far North on the Guajira Peninsula: White-whiskered Spinetail, Vermilion Cardinal, White-tailed Hawk, and 
Orinocan Saltator. A few new species find their way onto the website: Indigo-capped Hummingbird, Coppery Emerald, White-bibbed Manakin, Scaly-naped Parrot, and White-lored Warbler, and I've replaced older shots or added additional shots for Pale-bellied Hermit, Rufous-breasted Hermit, Saffron Finch, Bicolored Wren, Golden-winged Sparrow, Golden-crowned Flycatcher, Masked Trogon, White-tipped Dove, White-tipped Quetzal, Whooping Motmot, and American Coot.

White-whiskered Spinetail - Synallaxis candei
White-whiskered Spinetail, one of the nicest-looking of all the spinetails

Vermilion Cardinal - Cardinalis phoeniceus
Vermilion Cardinal is definitely one of the most striking species found in the deserts of northern Colombia and Venezuela

White-tailed Hawk - Geranoaetus albicaudatus
A White-tailed Hawk soars over the desert at Los Flamencos in Colombia

28 March: New shots from Colombia: Sooty Ant-Tanager, Crowned Woodnymph, and Lance-tailed Manakin.

Sooty Ant-Tanager - Habia gutturalis
Sooty Ant-Tanager is a neat-looking Colombian endemic

Crowned Woodnymph - Thalurania colombica
A male Crowned Woodnymph glows in the late afternoon light at El Dorado Lodge in Colombia

Lance-tailed Manakin - Chiroxiphia lanceolata
Lance-tailed Manakin from Tayrona National Park in northern Colombia

24 March: A few more from Colombia today, including this Spot-flanked Gallinule. I've added some new hummers as well: Glowing Puffleg and Coppery-bellied Puffleg.

Spot-flanked Gallinule - Porphyriops melanops
Spot-flanked Gallinule at La Florida near the Bogotá airport

22 March
: Starfrontlets are the theme for today, as I upload the remaining two species of the genus Coeligena that I hadn't previoiusly photographed, 
Blue-throated Starfrontlet and Golden-bellied Starfrontlet (female below, male here). I also added a better shot of the superb White-tailed Starfrontlet.

White-tailed Starfrontlet - Coeligena phalerata
White-tailed Starfrontlet from the Santa Marta mountains in Colombia

Golden-bellied Starfrontlet - Coeligena bonapartei
A female Golden-bellied Starfrontlet that was coming to feeders at Parque Chicaque near Bogotá

12 March
: I'm back from a great trip to Colombia, and added my favorite shot, Turquoise Dacnis, as the headline photo. More soon!

9 February
: Today I added some shots from a recent Ecuador photo tour I guided, mostly from the Amagusa Reserve and Paz de las Aves Refuge. Amagusa is good for tanagers and hummers, like Flame-faced Tanager (featured above), Moss-backed Tanager, Glistening-green Tanager, Velvet-purple Coronet, and
Rufous-throated Tanager. Angel Paz's place was, as usual, great for antpittas (five including the tiny Ochre-breasted and hulking Giant) but for me the Rufous-breasted Antthrush stole the show, with one that was gathering all the worms it could manage to stuff in its mouth, presumably for unseen nestlings.

I also made improvements to the tanager galleries, reprocessing a bunch of photos and rediscovering a few I forgot I had.

Moss-backed Tanager - Bangsia edwardsi
Amagusa is the only place I know where Moss-backed Tanagers come to feeders

Glistening-green Tanager - Chlorochrysa phoenicotis
The same is true for Glistening-green Tanager!

Velvet-purple Coronet - Boissonneaua jardini
Velver-purple Coronet, also from Amagusa, where it was the most common hummer on a recent visit

Rufous-breasted Antthrush - Formicarius rufipectus
Rufous-breasted Antthrush showed well ad Paz de las Aves - this bird appeared to be collecting food, and must have had a nest nearby

26 January: Multi-flash photography is a very popular activity for many bird photographers, especially for hummingbirds. It's something I only do occasionally since I prefer to get out into the field and shoot with natural light. However, I need to know the ins and outs of it for the groups that I guide that want to spend time with it. Last weekend I spent a few hours to get familiar with some new gear, and this Fawn-breasted Brilliant was my favorite. I also finished uploading some shots from by Brazil trip late last year, and a few shots from Ecuador in December: Rufous-tailed Flatbill, Rusty Flowerpiercer, Black-crested Warbler, Bare-necked FruitcrowChapada Flycatcher, Spix's Guan, Elegant Woodcreeper, White-winged Shrike-Tanager, and Ladder-tailed Nightjar.

Fawn-breasted Brilliant - Heliodoxa rubinoides
Fawn-breasted Brilliant at Tandayapa in Ecuador

Rufous-tailed Flatbill - Ramphotrigon ruficauda
Rufous-tailed Flatbill from the Brazilian Amazon.

Rusty Flowerpiercer - Diglossa sittoides
A male Rusty Flowerpiercer about to have a feast.

17 January: It's been nearly a year since I went on a cruise to the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica. Today I have finally finished uploading the photos from what is generally considered to be part of the South American region, which includes shots form between mainland South America and the Falklands, the Falklands themselves, and from within 200 nautical miles east of the Falklands. I've finally got better pelagic shots in the galleries as well as more penguins! I'll create separate external galleries for the photos from South Georgia and Antarctica. New species for the website include Southern Rockhopper Penguin, Black-browed Albatross, Wandering AlbatrossRoyal Albatross, South Polar Skua, Falkland Steamer-Duck, Striated Caracara, Northern Giant-Petrel, Great Shearwater, Slender-billed Prion, Sooty Shearwater, Soft-plumaged Petrel, and Gray Petrel.

Southern Rockhopper Penguin - Eudyptes chrysocome
Southern Rockhopper Penguins at a colony on West Point Island in the Falklands

Black-browed Albatross - Thalassarche melanophris
Black-browed Albatrosses nested alongside the Rockhoppers on West Point Island.

Wandering Albatross - Diomedea exulans
This immature Wandering Albatross followed the ship for a long time

14 January: I've added a new external gallery for my Madagascar trip in November. I've uploaded all the birds (82 shots) already, but still still need to work on the mammals, chameleons, etc.

Older posts

Recently added photos:

21 April: Rock Wren from Mexico
21 April: Gray-breasted Wood-Wren  from Mexico
21 April: Boucard's Wren from Mexico
21 April: Lark Sparrow from Mexico
21 April: Bridled Sparrow from Mexico
21 April: Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay from Mexico
17 April: Nava's Wren from Mexico
17 April: Unspotted Saw-whet Owl from Mexico
9 March: Black-backed Antshrike from Colombia
9 March: Golden-winged Sparrow from Colombia
9 March: Strong-billed Woodcreeper from Colombia
9 March: Slaty-backed Nightingale-Thrush from Colombia
9 March: Green-rumped Parrotlet from Colombia
9 February: Helmeted Woodpecker from Brazil
9 February: Plain-backed Antpitta from Ecuador
9 February: Ochre-breasted Antpitta from Ecuador
9 February: Masked Mountain-Tanager from Ecuador
9 February: Black-winged Saltator from Ecuador
9 February: Dusky Piha from Ecuador
9 February: Gray-tailed Piha from Ecuador
9 February: Dark-breasted Spinetail from Ecuador
9 February: Uniform Treehunter from Ecuador
9 February: Lita Woodpecker from Ecuador
9 February: Lawrence's Thrush from Ecuador
9 February: Citron-bellied Attila from Ecuador
9 February: Yellow-browed Sparrow from Ecuador
9 February: External gallery for a trip to Yellowstone National Park
9 February: External gallery for a trip to Myanmar (Burma)

31 December
: Rufous-crowned Antpitta from Ecuador.

31 December: Dark-backed Wood-Quail from Ecuador.
31 December: Green (Inca) Jay from Ecuador.
31 December: White-eared Puffbird from Brazil.
31 December: Red-ruffed Fruitcrow from Brazil.
1 September: Chestnut-backed Antbird from Ecuador.
1 September: Ocellated Antbird from Panama.
19 August: Magellanic Woodpecker from Argentina.
1 August: Magpie Tanager from Brazil.
1 August: Brassy-breasted Tanager from Brazil.
1 August: Golden-chevroned Tanager from Brazil.
1 August: Maroon-bellied Parakeet from Brazil.
26 July: Planalto Slaty-Antshrike
from Brazil.
23 May: Streak-headed Woodcreeper from Ecuador.
23 May: Fasciated Wren from Ecuador.
31 March: White-whiskered Spinetail from Colombia.
31 March: Vermilion Cardinal from Colombia.
31 March: White-tailed Hawk from Colombia.
31 March: Indigo-capped Hummingbird from Colombia.
31 March: Coppery Emerald from Colombia.
31 March: Pale-bellied Hermit from Colombia.
31 March: Rufous-breasted Hermit from Colombia.
31 March: Saffron Finch from Colombia.
31 March: White-bibbed Manakin from Colombia.
31 March: Bicolored Wren from Colombia.
31 March: Golden-winged Sparrow from Colombia.
31 March: Golden-crowned Flycatcher from Colombia.
31 March: Masked Trogon from Colombia.
31 March: Orinocan Saltator from Colombia.
31 March: Scaly-naped Parrot from Colombia.
31 March: White-lored Warbler from Colombia.
31 March: White-tipped Dove from Colombia.
31 March: White-tipped Quetzal from Colombia.
31 March: Whooping Motmot from Colombia.
31 March: American Coot from Colombia.
28 March: Sooty Ant-Tanager from Colombia.
28 March: Crowned Woodnymph from Colombia.
28 March: Lance-tailed Manakin from Colombia.
24 March: Spot-flanked Gallinule from Colombia.
24 March: Glowing Puffleg from Colombia.
24 March: Coppery-bellied Puffleg from Colombia.
22 March
: White-tailed Starfrontlet from Colombia.
22 March: Golden-bellied Starfrontlet from Colombia.
22 March: Blue-throated Starfrontlet from Colombia.
12 March: Turquoise Dacnis from Colombia.
9 February: Flame-faced Tanager from Ecuador.
9 February: Moss-backed Tanager from Ecuador.
9 February: Glistening-green Tanager from Ecuador.
9 February: Rufous-breasted Antthrush from Ecuador.
9 February: Velvet-purple Coronet from Ecuador.
9 February: Rufous-throated Tanager from Ecuador.
9 February: Ochre-breasted Antpitta from Ecuador.
9 February: Giant Antpitta from Ecuador.
9 February: White-necked Jacobin from Ecuador.
9 February: Turquoise Jay from Ecuador.
26 January: Fawn-breasted Brilliant from Ecuador.
26 January: Black-crested Warbler from Ecuador.
26 January: Rusty Flowerpiercer from Ecuador.
26 January: Bare-necked Fruitcrow from Brazil.
26 January: Rufous-tailed Flatbill from Brazil.
26 January: Chapada Flycatcher from Brazil.
26 January: Spix's Guan from Brazil.
26 January: Elegant Woodcreeper from Brazil.
26 January: White-winged Shrike-Tanager from Brazil.
26 January: Ladder-tailed Nightjar from Brazil.
17 January
: Black-browed Albatross from the Falklands.
17 January: Wandering Albatross from east of from the Falklands.
17 January: Royal Albatross from Argentina.
17 January: Southern Rockhopper Penguin from the Falklands.
17 January: Magellanic Penguin from the Falklands.
17 January: South Polar Skua from east ofthe Falklands.
17 January: Falkland Steamer-Duck from the Falklands.
17 January: Striated Caracara from the Falklands.
17 January: Dark-faced Ground-Tyrant from the Falklands.
17 January: Northern Giant-Petrel from Argentina.
17 January: Southern Giant-Petrel from Argentina.
17 January: Great Shearwater from east of the Falklands.
17 January: Slender-billed Prion from the Falklands.
17 January: Cape Petrel from Argentina.
17 January: Sooty Shearwater from east of the Falklands.
17 January: Soft-plumaged Petrel from east of the Falklands.
17 January: Gray Petrel from east of the Falklands.

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