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Black-crowned Antpitta Pittasoma michleri

Patrick O'Donnell
Version: 1.0 — Published September 26, 2014


Distribution in the Americas

Black-crowned Antpitta is an uncommon resident on the Caribbean slope of Costa Rica, western and central Panama, both the Caribbean and Pacific slopes in eastern Panama, and the Pacific slope in northern Colombia. It is mostly found between 300 and 1000 meters elevation in Costa Rica but in Panama, also occurs in the lowlands (Hilty and Brown 1986, Angehr et al. 2004, Garrigues and Dean 2007).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Black-crowned Antpitta occupies the understory of wet, primary forest and tall second growth, mostly in the foothill zone or hilly areas (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Historical changes

Although there is scant information about this secretive species, they may have historically been more widespread at lower elevations as there are records from such lowland sites as the OTS station at La Selva, Costa Rica, the Achiote Road in Panama, and along the Pipeline Road north of Gamboa in Panama.(Karr 1971). There are no recent records of this species from these sites. Deforestation has also likely reduced the range of this species.

Fossil history

None reported.

Distribution of the Black-crowned Antpitta - Range Map
  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Black-crowned Antpitta

Recommended Citation

O'Donnell, P. (2014). Black-crowned Antpitta (Pittasoma michleri), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.blcant1.01