Head and body length: 24 - 26.5 cm
204 - 266 g
Estimated at 1,000 - 2,500
Humid montane forest in a few small regions in the Andes Mountains of Colombia and Ecuador
An invisible giant? Not quite, but the giant antpitta is heard much more than it is seen. It stays out of sight in dark, dense undergrowth, where pairs go their separate ways to forage but remain within earshot of each other.In addition to its calls, the antpitta is capable of singing 60-100 notes over a span of just six seconds, and the males songs advertises his fitness as a mate while warding off intruders to his territory. The virtuoso singer isn't much at flying, however, and sticks close to the forest floor to probe to soft earth for food. But with its habitat being eaten up by deforestation, the antpitta is in real danger of disappearing forever.