Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)


Brown-banded Antpitta (Grallaria milleri)


French: Grallaire ceinturée German: Brustband-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí bandeado

Grallaria milleri


, 1912,

Laguneta, 10,300 feet [3140 m], Central Andes, near Quindío Pass, Cauca, Colombia


Appears to be closely related to G. fenwickorum#R. An old specimen from near Medellín, Antioquia, originally identified as belonging to G. flavotincta has been named as race gilesi of present species on basis of mensural differences#R, but this population likely to be extinct#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. m. gilesi Salaman et al., 2009 – C Andes of Colombia (Antioquia).
  • G. m. milleri Chapman, 1912 – W slope of C Andes of Colombia (in Caldas, Risaralda and Quindío) and E slope in Tolima.
  • Descriptive notes

    16·5 cm; 52·5 g. Adult has grey lores, dark brown side of head and upper­parts, pale grey throat and belly, brown breast and flanks; iris dark brown; bill black, usually... read more


    Song 1·1 seconds long, given at intervals of 8–9 seconds, a series of 3 pure whistles with a... read more


    Floor and lower undergrowth of humid montane forest and cloudforest; recorded in early second... read more

    Food and feeding

    Details of diet not documented. Terrestrial. Picks prey from the forest floor, making rapid sprints and by shaking leaves; rarely, flies... read more


    Adult specimens in Aug–Nov were not in breeding condition; immatures collected in Aug and Sept; a pair with a fledgling observed in... read more


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Northern Central Andes EBA. Although most of its habitat has disappeared, some tracts remain. The species is known to occur... read more

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K., Schulenberg, T.S. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Brown-banded Antpitta (Grallaria milleri). 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 4 April 2020).