|Parker's Antbird, described as recently as 1997, was named in honour of the late Ted Parker.|
|The species is endemic to mid-elevation humid subtropical forest in the Colombian Andes.|
Parker was famously gifted for his knowledge of Neotropical birds, and best known for his skill with vocalisations, making many thousands of recordings which now reside at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It seemed that everything he heard was committed to memory and never forgotten, and he was said to be able to identify more than 4,000 species by voice alone. Once, according to his Wikipedia entry, “on hearing a recording of a dawn chorus in Bolivia, [he] realised that one of the sounds was an antwren of the genus Herpsilochmus - but since he knew all the sounds of those birds, he knew he was hearing a previously unknown species. The following year, the new species was discovered”.
|The species is generally far more furtive than these images suggest, lurking in the undergrowth.|