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Grallaricula flavirostris

Ochre-breasted Antpitta

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Grallariidae


Grallaricula flavirostris

Refugio Paz de las Aves, Pichincha, Ecuador; 8 April 2011 © Jean Paul Perret

This tiny antpitta inhabits the undergrowth of wet montane forest at elevations of 500–2750 m, from Costa Rica south over both slopes of the Andes, as far as southern Ecuador in the west, and to central Bolivia on the east slope. Considerable morphological variation has led to the description of eight subspecies, which vary quite dramatically in underparts coloration and pattern, and to a lesser extent in face pattern, but to date the species’ vocalizations are so incompletely known that it is impossible to draw any conclusions as to whether more than one species is involved. All of them are generally olive-brown above, but below they vary from being largely rufous to heavily scalloped on a pale buff background, or more streaked over a buff or virtually white background. The Ochre-breasted Antpitta is, like all Grallaricula, still very poorly known in terms of its ecology and behavior, which is unsurprising considering how difficult the species is to observe.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Ochre-breasted Antpitta (Grallaricula flavirostris), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website, for the distribution in Central America and/or Caribbean, and on a map provided by Robert S. Ridgely, for the South American distribution.

The data for the InforNatura maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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