Cordillera Azul Antbird
Flor de Café (Plataforma), San Martín region, Peru.
Male. This species was discovered in 2016 at a location that was well known as the most accessible site to see Scarlet-banded Barbet. It was described in a surprisingly short amount of time in 2017 (A new species of antbird (Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae) from the Cordillera Azul, San Martín, Peru. Andre E. Moncrieff, Oscar Johnson, Daniel F. Lane, Josh R. Beck, Fernando Angulo and Jesse Fagan). www.bioone.org/doi/10.1642/AUK-17-97.1. It was not easy to find during my visit. It was unusually dry and I wonder if that resulted in less vocalization. Continued deforestation of the area also does not help. The local guide (Eugenio) took me to a location away from the "traditional" spots on my last morning, where we finally found a vocal and responsive pair. It was very tough to get a sharp shot due to low light conditions and the fact that the bird was constantly moving. I could have spent longer trying to get a better shot, but did not want to overdo the playback.