antpitta

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noun ant·pit·ta \¦ant-¦pi-tə\

Definition of antpitta

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antpittas

  1. :  any of various small to medium-sized chiefly Central and South American forest birds (family Grallariidae) that have a very short tail and loud, low-pitched song and usually live on or near the ground Antpittas have been placed especially formerly in the family Formicariidae. The “tailless,” rarely viewed, robin-sized antpittas are best known by their haunting whistles. — Frank B. Gill and Robert S. Ridgely, Bird Watcher’s Digest, August 1993

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Origin and Etymology of antpitta

1ant + pitta


First Known Use: circa 1911


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