Yellow-breasted Antpitta Grallaria flavotincta

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of Yellow-breasted Antpitta is fairly short (1.1 seconds), and consists of three easily whistled notes ranging from 2-2.2 kHz (Krabbe and Schulenberg 2003). The first note is weaker and and the last note is lower pitched. Often the first note is so weak as to be inaudible at a distance, and sometimes has a hoarse or scratchy quality to it. The three note song is delivered at intervals of 13–22 sec, often for extended periods of time (5 minutes or more).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

In response to playback, adults may respond with a drawn-out, shrill and piercing eeeeeeeeee-yk (Lysinger in Ridgely and Greenfield 2001).

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

Nonvocal Sounds

None documented.

Recommended Citation

Greeney, H. F. (2014). Yellow-breasted Antpitta (Grallaria flavotincta), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.