Jocotoco Antpitta

About the Jocotoco Antpitta

The Jocotoco Antpitta is endemic to an extremely limited range within the humid montane forests straddling Ecuador and Peru. This elusive bird remained unknown to science until its discovery in 1997, with its formal description following in 1999, marking a significant addition to the ornithological world.

The name 'Jocotoco' is derived from the species' unique vocalization, an onomatopoeic call that mimics the sound "joco-toco." This distinctive call not only gives the bird its name but also plays a crucial role in its identification in the dense forests where it resides.

Possessing a striking appearance, the Jocotoco Antpitta is characterized by its robust build and predominantly dark plumage, which allows it to blend into the shadowy undergrowth of its habitat. Despite its sizeable presence, the bird's reclusive nature makes sightings a rare and cherished experience for birdwatchers.

Currently classified as Endangered, the Jocotoco Antpitta faces critical threats primarily from habitat loss due to deforestation and land use changes. 

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