French: Grallaire roi German: Bartameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí pintado
Subspecies and Distribution
G. v. cinereiceps
Hellmayr, 1903 – extreme S Venezuela and immediately adjacent N Brazil (upper R Negro), and NE Peru (N bank of R Napo).
G. v. varia
(Boddaert, 1783) – Northern Variegated Antpitta – the Guianas and Brazil N of R Amazon (W from lower R Negro).
G. v. distincta
Todd, 1927 – Brazil S of R Amazon from R Madeira E to R Tapajós, S to Rondônia and N Mato Grosso.
G. v. intercedens
Berlepsch & Leverkühn, 1890 – E & SE Brazil in Pernambuco, and from S Bahia S to SE Minas Gerais and probably Espírito Santo.
G. v. imperator
Lafresnaye, 1842 – Southern Variegated Antpitta – S Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro S to N Rio Grande do Sul, E Paraguay and NE Argentina (Misiones).
18–20·5 cm; male 90–121 g, two females 122 g and 126 g ( “varia group”), one unsexed 134 g (“imperator group”). Adult has dark olive-brown fore... read more
Song of two imperator birds 2·2–3·1 seconds long, a series of 11–14 notes at c... read more
Humid forest and mature secondary woodland; at dawn, sometimes ventures into adjacent open areas,... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on earthworms and other invertebrates, such as spiders, cockroaches (Blattodea), grasshoppers (Acrididae) and centipedes (Chilopoda... read more
Laying recorded in late Dec in Surinam and French Guiana, and in Oct and Nov in Argentina (Misiones); nestlings in Jun in Brazil (Manaus).... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to rare; locally fairly common, e.g. in São Paulo (SE Brazil). Occupies relatively large range. Nominate race occurs... read more
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