Family Ground-antbirds (Formicariidae)

Near Threatened

Elusive Antpitta (Grallaria eludens)


French: Grallaire secrète German: Fahlbrust-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí del Ucayali

Grallaria eludens

Lowery and O’Neill

, 1969,

vicinity of Balta, c. 300 m, Río Curanja, south-east Loreto, Peru


Previously placed with G. dignissima, with which it forms a superspecies, in a separate genus Thamnocharis. Monotypic.


E Peru (E of R Ucayali), and recently recorded in SW Amazonian Brazil in Amazonas (Benjamin Constante) and Acre (Caipora, on upper R Juruá).

Descriptive notes

19 cm; three males 111–115 g. Adult has lores buff, crown, auriculars, nape and upperparts olivaceous brown; throat white; breast and upper belly buff with dusky... read more


Song c. 1·1–1·2 seconds long, consists of 2 whistles, very like that of G.... read more


Floor of humid terra firme upland forest with dense undergrowth, at c. 120–500 m.

Food and feeding

Nothing recorded.


Nothing known.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-east Peruvian Lowlands EBA. Local and uncommon. Recently recorded in... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2017). Elusive Antpitta (Grallaria eludens). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 March 2017).