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1 June 2010 First Description of the Nest of Jocotoco Antpitta (Grallaria ridgelyi)
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The Jocotoco Antpitta (Grallaria ridgelyi) is an endangered and poorly studied inhabitant of montane bamboo (Chusquea spp.) thickets of extreme southeastern Ecuador. There is nothing known of the breeding biology of Jocotoco Antpitta apart from a single record of a dependent juvenile, and we describe a nest of this species for the first time. The nest was a bulky cup composed primarily of dead plant materials and firmly supported by a large clump of epiphytes on the side of a dead trunk. The single nestling was provisioned at a rate of 1.96 feedings/hr during the final 5 days prior to fledging. Two adults brought food to the nestling, often delivering prey from a nearby worm-feeding station created by the Jocotoco Foundation. The pair we studied may breed twice a year, but this may have been facilitated by their proximity to the artificial feeder.
Harold F. Greeney and Mery E. J. Juiña "First Description of the Nest of Jocotoco Antpitta (Grallaria ridgelyi)," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122(2), (1 June 2010).
Received: 1 May 2009; Accepted: 1 September 2009; Published: 1 June 2010

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