Chestnut-crowned Antpitta Grallaria ruficapilla

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Grallariidae
  • Polytypic: 7 subspecies
  • Authors: Greeney, Harold F. and Guy M. Kirwan

This strikingly plumaged antpitta is both easily identified and one of the most easily seen of an extremely wary and notoriously shy family of birds. Chestnut-crowned Antpitta ranges from northern Venezuela south to central Peru, and is subdivided into seven subspecies, which mainly differ in the details of their head patterns. It has a broad altitudinal range, from 1200 to 3600 m, and is found in all manner of forest types, but especially favors borders, clearings, second growth, patches of bamboo, and other disturbed habitats. Chestnut-crowned Antpitta’s song is easily imitated, and these bold, inquisitive birds will readily approach in response to human whistles. In some places, the birds will even become tame, feeding in car parks and other areas subject to much human activity. Being so widespread and relatively numerous, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta is one of the better known members of the Grallariidae.


© Michael J Andersen

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Greeney, Harold F. and Guy M. Kirwan. 2013. Chestnut-crowned Antpitta (Grallaria ruficapilla), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.