Rufous Gnateater - Conopophaga lineata
Rufous Gnateater
Conopophaga lineata lineata
Near Lençois, Bahia state, Brazil.
Male. This species is found mainly in the Atlantic Rainforest region. (D3)

Rufous Gnateater - Conopophaga lineata
Rufous Gnateater
Conopophaga lineata vulgaris
Pico da Caledonia, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
Female. (S6)

Chestnut-belted Gnateater - Conopophaga aurita
Chestnut-belted Gnateater
Conopophaga aurita occidentalis
Zancudococha, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador.
Male. Found widely throughout much of the Amazon and Guianan regions, though some races are likely to be split in the future (see below). (S8)

Chestnut-belted Gnateater - Conopophaga aurita
Chestnut-belted Gnateater
Conopophaga aurita snethlageae
Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Male. A distinctive subspecies that will likely be split one of these days; it really does not look much like the bird in the photo above. (S8)

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)

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)

Chestnut-crowned Gnateater - Conopophaga castaneiceps
Rufous-crowned Antpitta
Pittasoma rufopileatum
Mashpi Shungo Reserve, Pichincha, Ecuador.
Male. There is no easier place currently to see this fantastic bird. It has become habituated and comes in to eat worms almost every day up on a forested ridge above a chocolote farm (the chocolate is great too). Current taxonomy places it with the Gnateaters (Conopophagidae), which I honestly cannot agree with. See SACC Prop 235 for more info, but certainly in the field it behaves far more like an antpitta than a gnateater, and I am strongly in favor of erecting a new family (Pittasomidae) for Pittasoma rather than keeping the current classification. (S11)

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