Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)


Bicolored Antpitta (Grallaria rufocinerea)


French: Grallaire bicolore German: Zweifarben-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí bicolor

Grallaria rufo-cinerea

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1879,

Santa Elena, Antioquia, Colombia


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. r. rufocinerea P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1879 – C Andes of Colombia from S Antioquia S to W Huila.
  • G. r. romeroana Hernández & Rodríguez, 1979 – S Colombia (head of Magdalena Valley and W Putumayo) S to NE Andes of Ecuador (NW Sucumbíos)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    15·5–16 cm; 44·8 g. Adult has head, upperparts and throat rufous-brown, feathers of throat showing grey bases; rest of underparts grey, centre of belly... read more


    Song c. 1 second long, given late in morning at intervals of 3–4 seconds, a loud, slightly... read more


    Floor and lower understorey of humid montane forest, less frequently secondary growth and at... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet includes insects. Foraging behaviour not described in detail; apparently much as that of other Grallaria.


    Specimen in breeding condition in Jun (SE Antioquia). Study on W slope of C Andes of Colombia gave estimated density of c. 0·8 individuals/... read more


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Northern Central Andes EBA. Uncommon to rare. Considered Vulnerable owing to its small range. Agricultural expansion and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Bicolored Antpitta (Grallaria rufocinerea). 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 18 February 2020).