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Antpittas and Gnateaters

Antpittas and Gnateaters

Harold F Greeney, Illustrated by David Beadle

Elusive jewels of the Neotropical undergrowth, antpittas are among the most sought-after of all bird groups. These forest birds specialise in following their primary food source - invertebrates stirred up by columns of ants - and they often keep close to the ground as a result. More likely to be heard than seen, antpittas are relatively poorly studied by ornithologists due to their habitat, behaviour and, in many cases, their rarity.

This authoritative handbook, part of the Helm Identification series, is the first book dedicated solely to the world's antpittas, the family Grallariidae. It also includes the gnateaters (Conopophagidae), a small family of 11 species that, like antpittas, are also native to Central and South America. Antpittas and Gnateaters discusses the identification and habits of these birds, bringing together the very latest research with accurate range maps, more than 250 colour photos, and 24 superb plates that illustrate age and racial plumage differences.

Antpittas and Gnateaters is the ultimate reference on these remarkable and beautiful birds, and will be indispensable for anyone interested in the birds of the Neotropics.

A must-have book for anyone interested in the Neotropics and its birds: it will become the standard reference on the subject for many years to come. 496 pages.

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