Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Least Concern

Bay Antpitta (Grallaria capitalis)


French: Grallaire châtaine German: Rostameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí bayo

Grallaria capitalis


, 1926,

Rumicruz, 9700 feet [c. 2960 m], Junín, Peru


Belongs to group centred on G. hypoleuca (which see), and has at times been treated as a race of one or other of its constituent members. Recently discovered population in N Ayacucho, S of main range, appears distinct in voice and plumage, and may represent an undescribed taxon#R#R. Monotypic.


C Peru in Huánuco, Pasco and Junín; recently reported from N Ayacucho#R.

Descriptive notes

17 cm; male 72–77 g, one female 72 g. Adult has dusky brown crown, chestnut upperparts; head side and entire underparts rufous, except for white or buff centre of belly... read more


Song 1 second long, given at intervals of 6–10 seconds for a minute or more, consists of 4... read more


Floor and lower undergrowth of humid montane forest and second-growth woodland, especially borders... read more

Food and feeding

One stomach held insects and a snail. Foraging behaviour not fully documented.


No information.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in North-east Peruvian Cordilleras EBA. Fairly common within restricted range. Occurs near, and... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2019). Bay Antpitta (Grallaria capitalis). 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 25 August 2019).