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Grallaria erythrotis

Rufous-faced Antpitta

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Grallariidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Greeney, Harold F

Grallaria erythrotis

Keara, La Paz, Bolivia; 8 October 2006 © Joe Tobias

Rufous-faced Antpitta is a medium sized Grallaria that is confined to humid montane forests of northern and central Bolivia. Within this very small range, Rufous-faced Antpitta could be confused only with the larger White-throated Antpitta (Grallaria albigula), which in contrast has the entire head deep rufous, and principally gray underparts. Rufous-faced Antpitta has a grayish crown and nape, and is largely buffy below, grading to whitish ventrally. The songs of the two species also are quite different, being triple noted in Rufous-faced Antpitta, but with only two notes in White-throated Antpitta. The scant data on reproduction for Rufous-faced Antpitta come from a single nest observed in captivity.

Recommended Citation

Greeney, Harold F. 2013. Rufous-faced Antpitta (Grallaria erythrotis), 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 edge
  • Foraging Strata:Terrestrial
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:---
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern