Yellow-striped Brush-Finch - Atlapetes citrinellus
Yellow-striped Brush-Finch
Atlapetes citrinellus
Río Los Sosa, Tafí del Valle, Tucumán province, Argentina.
A handsome Argentine endemic, found locally in yungas forest in the northwestern Andes. In spring, as they are starting to nest, male and female stay amazingly close together, sometimes side-by-side - they posed perfectly for this shot. I also featured this bird seven years ago, but I don't mind doing it again since this is a far better photo. Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark III camera and a Canon 300mm f2.8 IS II lens with a 1.4x teleconverter on 29 September 2014. No flash. 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:

17 April
: I've got quite a big update today, finishing off my material from NW Argentina last year and adding a few from Tierra del Fuego this year. The very cuddly Citron-headed Yellow-Finches are a favorite of mine along with the Rufous-sided Warbling-Finch, Red-tailed Comet, and Two-banded Plover. I added a female
hillstar whose ID I'm not certain of due to conflicting information in the references I checked - any ideas? Others today are Puna Plover, Brown-capped Whitestart, Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch, Sclater's Tyrannulet, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Fawn-breasted Tanager, Lesser Rhea, Ochre-cheeked Spinetail, Patagonian Sierra-Finch, Puna Yellow-Finch, Sedge Wren, White-browed Chat-Tyrant, Euler's Flycatcher, Southern Martin, and Blue-capped Puffleg. I'm also continuing my taxonomic update, and have reorganized a number of the finch and tanager galleries to be more consistent with recent changes. If pages don't seem to load properly, reset the browser cache by hitting F5.

Citron-headed Yellow-Finch - Sicalis luteocephala
Citron-headed Yellow-Finches looking about as adorable as these birds can ever get

Rufous-sided Warbling-Finch - Poospiza hypochondria
Rufous-sided Warbling-Finch, a great member of a superb genus that is well represented in northwestern Argentina

Red-tailed Comet - Sappho sparganurus
Red-tailed Comet - a truly spectacular hummingbird

Two-banded Plover - Charadrius falklandicus
Two-banded Plover from Tierra del Fuego

14 April
: More today, mostly from Argentina. I've also been updating taxonomy and fixing some mistakes. I've picked Tucuman Mountain-Finch, Rusty-browed Warbling-Finch, and Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet to highlight below, but others include
Buff-banded Tyrannulet, Highland Elaenia, Bare-eyed Ground-Dove, Rufous-throated Dipper, White-capped Dipper, and Kelp Goose.

Tucuman Mountain-Finch - Compsospiza baeri
Tucuman Mountain-Finch, which is basically endemic to NW Argentina

Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet - Phylloscartes ventralis
Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet from NW Argentina, where they are paler than elsewhere

Rusty-browed Warbling-Finch - Poospiza erythrophrys
Rusty-browed Warbling-Finch from NW Argentina

13 April: Yesterday I managed to get photos of the crissalis subspecies of Black-backed Grosbeak, something I had been missing for th West Ecuador book. Arguably a better shot of of the male is here, but I chose the one below for the field guide because it had to go in a vertical space and it showed more of the field marks.

Black-backed Grosbeak - Pheucticus aureoventris Black-backed Grosbeak - Pheucticus aureoventris
The yellow-throated crissalis race of Black-backed Grosbeak

11 April
: Making good progress on my Argentina material... I've changed the featured photo to a nice shot of Yellow-striped Brush-Finch, and I also really like the Burrowing Parakeets below that came beak-to-beak in a very brief confrontation. Other shots from the last two days are
Aplomado Falcon, Black-winged Ground-Dove, Black-crested Finch, Cliff Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Saltator, Little Thornbird, Stripe-crowned Spinetail, Quebracho Crested-Tinamou, Stripe-capped Sparrow, Yellow-browed Tyrant, House Wren, White-browed Tapaculo, and Zimmer's Tapaculo.

Burrowing Parakeet - Cyanoliseus patagonus
Burrowing Parakeets having a brief dispute in the Calchaquí Valley of NW Argentina

9 April: Another update from Argentina today, with Black-fronted Ground-Tyrant, Golden-spotted Ground-Dove, White-throated Treerunner, Straight-billed Earthcreeper, Andean Condor, Variable Hawk, and Brown-backed Mockingbird.

Black-fronted Ground-Tyrant - Muscisaxicola frontalis
Black-fronted Ground-Tyrant  at 4440 m (14,600 ft) in the Andes of Argentina

Golden-spotted Ground-Dove - Metriopelia aymara
Golden-spotted Ground-Dove - a rather ostentatious name for such a drab bird

White-throated Treerunner - Pygarrhichas albogularis
The amazingly nuthatch-like White-throated Treerunner

Straight-billed Earthcreeper - Ochetorhynchus ruficaudus
Straight-billed Earthcreeper, a common species throughout much of the high Andes

8 April: I've got a huge backlog to work through, and finally go started on it today. Most of these are from last year in Argentina, and two of those are highlighted here, Mountain Wren and Red-faced Guan. The guan is not a super shot, but there are not many photos available of this rare species. I also found a neat shot of a flying Band-tailed Sierra-Finch I took ages ago in Ecuador and forgot about. White-browed Brush-Finch is another new species for the collection, and other photos include Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner, Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail, and Short-billed Pipit. It will be a while before I can upload photos from my trip to the Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica in February, but I've but many of them in a trip report; it can be downloaded by clicking here, but beware it is a 10MB file.

Mountain Wren - Troglodytes solstitialis
Mountain Wren

Red-faced Guan - Penelope dabbenei
Red-faced Guan

Band-tailed Sierra-Finch - Phrygilus alaudinus
Band-tailed Sierra-Finch - I took this photo two years ago and totally forgot about it!

5  April: I've been processing 1500 photos for use in the West Ecuador field guide - with that on my plate, it's been hard to find the time or enthusiasm to process even more photos for this website. That work is finally coming to a close, so I should be able to update more often. On Saturday, I just had to get out and managed to upgrade some shots for the field guide. Maybe they are not the most charismatic species, but I was happy to get them!

Plain-colored Seedeater - Catamenia inornata
Male Plain-colored Seedeater, a nice shot for the West Ecuador field guide.

Paramo Pipit - Anthus bogotensis
Paramo Pipit - I chased it up a mountainside near Quito and was happy with the results.

1 March
: From late January to late February, I was in Tierra del Fuego and on a cruise to the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica. It was an unforgettable voyage for both wildlife and scenery, and I'll add the photos when I get some time. Let's start with some shots from Tierra del Fuego during the week or so that I had there before boarding the ship. One of my favorite encounters was a family of Magellanic Woodpeckers; a pair was being followed closely by a fledgling that was almost as big as they were. Others today are Upland Goose, White-crested ("Chilean") Elaenia, South American Tern, and Thorn-tailed Rayadito, which I have set as the "featured photo".

Magellanic Woodpecker - Campephilus magellanicus
A busy male Magellanic Woodpecker trying to find food for its eager offspring

Upland Goose - Chloephaga picta
This male was strutting around, maybe trying to impress a nearby female that was not paying any attention

White-crested Elaenia - Elaenia albiceps
White-crested (Chilean) Elaenia from the forests of Tierra del Fuego

South American Tern - Sterna hirundinacea
South American Terns breed along the Ushuaia waterfront, and were easy to photograph

11 January: I've got a small update today with photos from Argentina in September, including nice shots of Rufous-bellied Saltator,  the recently-split Plumbeous Black-TyrantFulvous-headed Brush-Finch, Black Siskin, a female Cinereous Tyrant, Common Bush-Tanager, and Dot-fronted Woodpecker.

Rufous-bellied Saltator - Saltator rufiventris
Rufous-bellied Saltator

Plumbeous Black-Tyrant - Knipolegus cabanisi
A male Plumbeous Black-Tyrant.

Fulvous-headed Brush-Finch - Atlapetes fulviceps
Fulvous-headed Brush-Finch.

13 December: I've been too busy with tours and other projects to make any updates in the past month. I just got back from Panama, and took a few minutes today to add my favorite shot of that trip, Streak-chested Antpitta, as the "featured photo".

3 November
: More shots today from Northern Peru in September, including Buff-bridled Inca-Finch, Striated Earthcreeper, White-winged Cinclodes
Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet, Koepcke's Screech-Owl, Mountain Caracara, Gray-winged Inca-Finch, and Chestnut-backed Thornbird.

Buff-bridled Inca-Finch - Incaspiza laeta
The beautiful Buff-bridled Inca-Finch, endemic to northern Peru.

Striated Earthcreeper - Geocerthia serrana
Striated Earthcreeper from the highlands of northern Peru.

White-winged Cinclodes - Cinclodes atacamensis
The water-loving White-winged Cinclodes sings from a rock in the middle of stream.

1 November: I'm adding a few shots from a recent short trip to Southern Ecuador. I had a memorable experience with a Rufous-banded Owl that flew right at me after I played a screech-owl recording. I never knew owling was dangerous! Fortunately it did not actually strike me, and landed nearby for a photo. I also got some decent shots of Violet-throated Metaltail, one of mainland Ecuador's few endemic bird species (another shot here). Other new additions are Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Chestnut-collared Swallow, Watkins's Antpitta, and King Vulture.

Rufous-banded Owl - Ciccaba albitarsis
A Rufous-banded Owl that almost attacked me.

Mishana Tyrannulet - Zimmerius villarejoi
Violet-throated Metaltail, an Ecuadorian endemic.

18 October: One last update before I start a short southern Ecuador tour... Here are a few more photos from Peru last month. Tanager flocks were superb at Abra Patricia, but this Saffron-crowned Tanager was the only one I managed to get a decent shot of. I also really like the shot of Mishana Tyrannulet, perched in a flowering tree - it was actually a lifer for me, since I missed on a previous trip. Other new ones include Black-throated Hermit, Ash-throated AntwrenFiery-throated Fruiteater, and Many-colored Rush Tyrant.

Saffron-crowned Tanager - Tangara xanthocephala
Saffron-crowned Tanager.

Mishana Tyrannulet - Zimmerius villarejoi
Mishana Tyrannulet.

17 October: Today I've headed two more shots from Peru. Both of these species are endemic to northern Peru and described relatively recently. Ochre-fronted Antpitta is the 26th antpitta species on antpitta.com, and Johnson's Tody-Flycatcher, sometimes called Lulu's Tody-Flycatcher, is a big improvement over the photo I had previously gotten.

Ochre-fronted Antpitta - Grallaricula ochraceifrons
Ochre-fronted Antpitta was a major highlight on my last Peru tour.

Johnson's Tody-Flycatcher - Poecilotriccus luluae
Johnson's (or Lulu's) Tody-Tyrant, a N Peru endemic only described in 2001.

12 October
: After five weeks of tours in Peru and Argentina, I have a nice new bunch of shots to upload, though it might be a while before I find the time to get all caught up. I'm starting with a couple of my favorites: Peruvian Thick-knee from Peru, which I've added as the "featured photo", and a Chaco Owl from Argentina, a bird I tried for unsuccessfully several previous trips, but finally hit the jackpot this time. It's not a superb shot, but finding it and photographing it was amazing experience I'll never forget.

Chaco Owl - Strix chacoensis
Chaco Owl.

9 August: I've added more from by Brazil trip last month. The best is a White Woodpecker which was feeding on fruit near the edge of the Pixaim River in the Pantanal; other include the snethlagae subspecies of Chestnut-belted Gnateater, Campo Flicker, Nacunda Nighthawk, Orange-backed Troupial, a female Unicolored Blackbird in flight, and Great Rufous Woodcreeper.

White Woodpecker - Melanerpes candidus
White Woodpecker in the Brazilian Pantanal.

26 July: In early July I spent two weeks leading a tour in the Pantanal and southern Amazon of Brazil. I've guided this tour many years in a row now and never tire of it, there is so much to see and there is never a lack of photo opportunities. The series below are some of my favorite shots from the trip as a thirsty Razor-billed Curassow drinks his fill from the Cristalino River. A couple of other shots for today include Red-necked Aracari and Guianan (Para) Gnatcatcher taken from the lodge's canopy towers.

Razor-billed Curassow - Mitu tuberosum
A Razor-billed Curassow comes down to the edge of the river to drink.

Razor-billed Curassow - Mitu tuberosum
He must have been thirsty!

Razor-billed Curassow - Mitu tuberosum
Catching his breath?

14 June: I have nothing new to add from the last few weeks, since I've been mainly doing tour admin, working on the Ecuador book, and visiting family; today I updated the featured photo to a Savanna Hawk shot I got back in 2012.

24 May
: One last set from the border region between eastern Ecuador and Peru; some interesting shots but nothing earthshattering: 
Amazonian Antshrike, Cinereous Antshrike, Castelnau's Antshrike, Bare-faced Ibis, Sand-colored Nighthawk, Yellow-bellied Dacnis, and Plumbeous Antbird.

18 May
: A few more shots today from far eastern Ecuador, including Brownish Twistwing, Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant
White-chinned Woodcreeper, Spotted Tody-Flycatcher, and Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet. The White-chinned Woodcreeper completes a very difficult genus to photograph (Dendrocincla), though they can all be improved.

Brownish Twistwing - Cnipodectes subbrunneus
Brownish Twistwing - it uses its twisted primary feathers to produce loud mechanical wing noises.

Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant - Stigmatura napensiss
Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant on a river island in the Rio Aguarico along the Ecuador-Peru border.

14 May
: Good image processing is essential to get the most out of a bird photo. Many of my older shots were poorly processed, and I have been recently going back and redoing many ot them, but still have a long way to go. I recently came across a great little eBook about image processing by Glenn Bartley, a very accomplished bird photographer whose work I greatly admire. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to learn more about it, or to take their own skills to the next level. Click here for more info.

10 May
: I've been too busy lately to add much, but today I'm uploading a couple of shots from a recent short vacation to far eastern Ecuador (and bordering Peru) with Roger Ahlman, Rudy Gelis, and Mitch Lysinger. It was not really a photography trip, but a chance to visit a remote part of the Amazon I had never seen before with some top-notch birders, and also to relax a little and have some fun. I didn't get that many shots, but the ones I managed were of species that are pretty tough to photograph. Today I am featuring Sooty Antbird and Chestnut-belted Gnateater. I'll add more soon.

Chestnut-belted Gnateater - Conopophaga aurita
A male Chestnut-belted Gnateater perches on the buttress of a gigantic tree in far eastern Ecuador.

Sooty Antbird - Myrmeciza fortis
Sooty Antbird singing in a ray of sunlight that somehow penetrated to the understory of the rainforest.

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Recently added photos:

17 April
: Citron-headed Yellow-Finch from Argentina.
17 April: Rufous-sided Warbling-Finch from Argentina.
17 April: Red-tailed Comet from Argentina.
17 April: Two-banded Plover from Argentina.
17 April: Puna Plover from Argentina.
17 April: Brown-capped Whitestart from Argentina.
17 April: Ash-breasted Sierra-Finch from Argentina and Ecuador.
17 April: Sclater's Tyrannulet from Argentina.
17 AprilDusky-capped Flycatcher from Argentina.
17 April: Fawn-breasted Tanager from Argentina.
17 April: Lesser Rhea from Argentina.
17 April: Ochre-cheeked Spinetail from Argentina.
17 April: Patagonian Sierra-Finch from Argentina.
17 April: Puna Yellow-Finch from Argentina.
17 April: Sedge Wren from Argentina.
17 April: White-browed Chat-Tyrant from Argentina.
17 April: Euler's Flycatcher from Argentina.
17 April: Southern Martin from Argentina.
17 April: Blue-capped Puffleg from Argentina.
17 April: Hillstar sp. from Argentina.
14 April: Tucuman Mountain-Finch from Argentina.
14 April: Rusty-browed Warbling-Finch from Argentina.
14 April: Mottle-cheeked Tyrannulet from Argentina.
14 April: Buff-banded Tyrannulet from Argentina.
14 April: Highland Elaenia from Argentina.
14 April: Bare-eyed Ground-Dove from Argentina.
14 April: Rufous-throated Dipper from Argentina.
14 April: White-capped Dipper from Ecuador.
14 April: Kelp Goose from Argentina as well as the Falklands.
13 April: Black-backed Grosbeak from Ecuador.
11 April: Yellow-striped Brush-Finch from Argentina.
11 April: Burrowing Parakeet from Argentina.
11 April: Aplomado Falcon from Argentina.
11 April: Black-winged Ground-Dove from Argentina.
11 April: Black-crested Finch from Argentina.
11 April: Cliff Flycatcher from Argentina.
11 April: Rufous-bellied Saltator from Argentina.
10 April: Little Thornbird  from Argentina.
10 April: Stripe-crowned Spinetail from Argentina.
10 April: Quebracho Crested-Tinamou  from Argentina.
10 April: Stripe-capped Sparrow  from Argentina.
10 April: Yellow-browed Tyrant from Argentina.
10 April: House Wren from Argentina.
10 April: White-browed Tapaculo from Argentina.
10 April: Zimmer's Tapaculo from Argentina.
9 April: Black-fronted Ground-Tyrant  from Argentina.
9 April: Golden-spotted Ground-Dove  from Argentina.
9 April: Straight-billed Earthcreeper from Argentina.
9 April: White-throated Treerunner from Argentina.
9 April: Brown-backed Mockingbird from Argentina.
9 April: Variable Hawk from Argentina.
9 April: Andean Condor from Argentina.
8 April: Mountain Wren from Argentina.
8 April: Red-faced Guan from Argentina.
8 April: Buff-browed Foliage-gleaner from Argentina.
8 April: White-browed Brush-Finch from Argentina.
8 April: Brown-capped Tit-Spinetail from Argentina.
8 April: Short-billed Pipit from Argentina.
8 April: Band-tailed Sierra-Finch from Ecuador.
5 April: Plain-colored Seedeater from Ecuador.
5 April: Paramo Pipit from Ecuador.
1 March: Thorn-tailed Rayadito from Argentina.
1 March: Magellanic Woodpecker from Argentina.
1 March: Upland Goose from Argentina.
1 March: White-crested Elaenia from Argentina.
1 March: South American Tern from Argentina.
11 January: Rufous-bellied Saltator from Argentina.
11 January: Plumbeous Black-Tyrant from Argentina.
11 January: Fulvous-headed Brush-Finch from Argentina.
11 January: Black Siskin from Argentina.
11 January: Cinereous Tyrant  from Argentina.
11 January: Common Bush-Tanager from Argentina.
11 January: Dot-fronted Woodpecker from Argentina.
13 December: Streak-chested Antpitta from Panama.
3 November: Plumbeous-crowned Tyrannulet from Peru.
3 November: Koepcke's Screech-Owl from Peru.
3 November: Mountain Caracara from Peru.
3 November: Caruculated Caracara from Ecuador.
3 November: Buff-bridled Inca-Finch from Peru.
3 November: Gray-winged Inca-Finch from Peru.
3 November: Striated Earthcreeper from Peru.
3 November: Chestnut-backed Thornbird from Peru.
3 November: White-winged Cinclodes from Peru.
1 November: Rufous-banded Owl from Ecuador.
1 NovemberViolet-throated Metaltail from Ecuador.
1 November: Long-wattled Umbrellabird from Ecuador.
1 November: Chestnut-collared Swallow from Ecuador.
1 November: Watkins's Antpitta from Ecuador.
1 November: King Vulture from Ecuador.
1 November: Blue-winged Teal and Andean Teal from Ecuador.
18 October: Saffron-crowned Tanager from Peru.
18 October: Mishana Tyrannulet from Peru.
18 October: Black-throated Hermit from Peru.
18 October: Ash-throated Antwren from Peru.
18 October: Fiery-throated Fruiteater from Peru.
18 October: Many-colored Rush Tyrant from Peru.
17 October: Ochre-fronted Antpitta from Peru.
17 October: Johnson's Tody-Flycatcher from Peru.
12 October: Peruvian Thick-knee from Peru.
12 October: Chaco Owl from Argentina.
9 August: White Woodpecker from Brazil.
9 August: Chestnut-belted Gnateater from Brazil.
9 August: Campo Flicker from Brazil.
9 August: Blue-crowned Parakeet from Brazil.
9 August: Nacunda Nighthawk from Brazil.
9 August: White-bellied Seedeater from Brazil.
9 August: Orange-backed Troupial from Brazil.
9 August: Ringed Kingfisher from Brazil.
9 August: Unicolored Blackbird from Brazil.
9 August: Great Rufous Woodcreeper from Brazil.
26 July
: Razor-billed Curassow from Brazil.
26 July: Red-necked Aracari from Brazil.
26 July: Guianan (Para) Gnatcatcher from Brazil.
24 May: Amazonian Antshrike from Ecuador.
24 May: Cinereous Antshrike from Peru.
24 May: Castelnau's Antshrike from the Ecuador/Peru border.
24 May: Bare-faced Ibis from Ecuador.
24 May: Sand-colored Nighthawk from the Ecuador/Peru border.
24 May: Yellow-bellied Dacnis from Ecuador.
24 May: Plumbeous Antbird from Peru.
18 May: Brownish Twistwing from Ecuador.
18 May: Lesser Wagtail-Tyrant from the Ecuador/Peru border.
18 May: White-chinned Woodcreeper from Ecuador.
18 May: Spotted Tody-Flycatcher from Ecuador.
18 May: Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet from Ecuador.
10 May: Chestnut-belted Gnateater from Ecuador.
10 May: Sooty Antbird from Ecuador.

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