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Black-crowned Antpitta Pittasoma michleri

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


Geographic Variation

Two subspecies recognized:

zeledoni, described as Pittasoma michleri zeledoni Ridgway; 1884 type locality Río Sucío, Cosa Rica

Occurs in Costa Rica and in western Panama (Bocas del Toro), although specimens from Panama are somewhat intermediate towards michleri (Wetmore 1972).

Darker, more rufous on upperparts; sides of the head black, with only the auriculars brown.

michleri, described as Pittasoma Michleri Cassin 1860; type locality Río Truando, Colombia

Occurs in Panama (except extreme west) and extreme northwestern Colombia.

See Detailed Description.

Related Species

The two species of Pittasoma are similar superficially to Grallaria antpittas (Grallariidae), and formerly were classified in the same family. Phylogenetic analysis of DNA sequence data indicates, however, that Pittasoma is not closely related to Grallaria or other antpittas, but instead is sister to Conopophaga (Chesser 2004, Rice 2005a, 2005b; Moyle et al. 2009).

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