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Grallaricula loricata

Scallop-breasted Antpitta

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Grallariidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Verea, Carlos, and Harold F. Greeney

Grallaricula loricata

Henry Pittier National Park, Aragua, Venezuela, 9 June 2005 © Ron Hoff

Endemic to the north coastal mountains of Venezuela, the attractive and boldly-patterned Scallop-breasted Antpitta is infrequently seen and is not well studied. It is a range-restricted species confined to the northern Venezuelan mountains, and is considered Near Threatened. It inhabits the understory of humid montane forest, usually above 1400 m, but occurring locally down to 800 m. There is some geographical overlap with Rusty-breasted Antpitta (Grallaricula ferrugineipectus) and with Slate-crowned Antpitta (Grallaricula nana), but these species generally occur at lower and higher elevations, respectively, than Scallop-breasted. Adult males have a largely orange rufous head, becoming paler over the face and throat; brown upperparts; above, and very pale yellow underparts, with a black malar stripe, and heavy black scalloping over the breast and flanks. The reproductive biology of Scallop-breasted Antpitta remains poorly studied, as indeed are most aspects of its behavior and ecology.

Recommended Citation

Verea, Carlos, and Harold F. Greeney. 2014. Scallop-breasted Antpitta (Grallaricula loricata), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory/Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:Undescribed
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary/Pairs
  • Mating System:Monogamy
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Near Threatened