Yellow-breasted Antpitta Grallaria flavotincta

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


Geographic Variation

Grallaria flavotincta is monotypic.

Related Species

Described as Grallaria flavotincta P. L. Sclater, 1877. Ibis, vol. 19: 445. The type locality is "near" Frontino, Antioquia, Colombia.

Yellow-breasted Antpitta was recognized as a monotypic species by early authors (e.g. Cory and Hellmayr 1924), but later was classified as a subspecies of Grallaria hypoleuca (White-bellied Antpitta) by many authorities (e.g. Peters 1951, Meyer de Schauensee 1950, 1970). Based on its different plumage, slightly different song, and allopatric distribution, however, most modern treatments consider it a full species (Hilty and Brown 1986, Ridgely and Tudor 1994, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001, Krabbe and Schulenberg 2003, McMullan et al. 2010). Yellow-breasted Antpitta is closely related to, and probably forms a superspecies with, Red-and-white Antpitta (Grallaria erythroleuca), Bay Antpitta (Grallaria capitalis), Rusty-tinged Antpitta (Grallaria przewalskii), and Grallaria hypoleuca (Lowery and O’Neil 1969, Parker and O’Neil 1980, Krabbe and Schulenberg 2003).

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.