Ochre-striped Antpitta Grallaria dignissima

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Grallariidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Harold F. Greeney



There are few published details on the behavior of Ochre-striped Antpittas, but they are generally said to be even more terrestrial than other members of the genus, running and hopping along the ground in short bursts, pausing occasionally to sing (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001, Krabbe and Schulenberg 2003, Restall et al. 2006). My own observations (Greeney unpublished) of this species in eastern Ecuador confirm this. The only time I ever observed this species to leave the ground was to climb 0.5-1 m above the ground within the safety of a dense branch tangle or small shrub. In all cases this departure from the ground seemed to be for the purpose of inspecting me closer.


There are no published data on territorial defense, maintenance, or fidelity. At Gareno Lodge (Greeney unpublished) in eastern Ecuador, a pair of Ochre-striped Antpittas consistently was found in the same area of low-lying swampy forest surrounded by small ridges over the course of 3 years. I failed to detect them on several visits during the fourth year but cannot be sure they were not present as I did not employ playback. Based on their movements as I followed them on many occasions, I estimate their territory to be roughly 1.5-2 ha.

Sexual Behavior

Not described, probably monogamous.

Social and interspecific behavior

There are no published, detailed accounts of this aspect of the behavior of Ochre-striped Antpitta. They appear to not join mixed species flocks, nor do they associate with species e following ant swarms (Willis 1985), and generally are encountered singly or in pairs (Ridgely and Greenfield 2001).


No information.

Recommended Citation

Greeney, H. F. (2013). Ochre-striped Antpitta (Grallaria dignissima), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.ocsant1.01