Giant Antpitta Grallaria gigantea

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Grallariidae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Harold F. Greeney

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The following description of the song of hylodroma is based on Krabbe and Schulenberg (2003). The song has a duration  of 4 to 6 (rarely, 7) seconds, and is repeated at intervals of 5 to 15 seconds. It consists of a rolling series of notes delivered at 0.6–0.9 kHz, evenly paced, with 16–18 notes per second. The song gradually increases in volume and pitch (up to around 0.1 kHz). Frequently the song ends with a sudden rise in pitch at very end. Overall, the song is extremely similar to that of Undulated Antpitta (G. squamigera), but is slightly faster in pace.

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

The song of nominate gigantea is usually longer than that of hylodroma (around 8 s) and is slightly faster (19–20 notes/s).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Giant Antpitta can be heard at Macaulay Library, at xeno-canto, and at Internet Bird Collection.

Nonvocal Sounds

None documented.

Recommended Citation

Greeney, H. F. (2015). Giant Antpitta (Grallaria gigantea), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.