Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Near Threatened

Chestnut Antpitta (Grallaria blakei)


French: Grallaire de Blake German: Kastanienameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí castaño

Grallaria blakei

G. R. Graves

, 1987,

east slope of Carpish Mountains near the Central Highway, c. 2400 m, Huánuco, Peru


Genetic data indicate that this taxon and G. rufula are sisters#R. No races recognized, but it is now clear that birds from Junín and Pasco, which show some plumage differences, represent a separate taxon, for which species status seems appropriate on basis of vocalizations: song of N birds (S to Huánuco) is a soft, monotonous fast series of 17–32 notes, whereas that of S birds is a single loud note, somewhat recalling S races of G. rufula (but S birds of present species are sympatric with G. r. obscura)#R. Monotypic.


Patchily in C Andes of Peru from C Amazonas and NW San Martín through Huánuco to Pasco and Junín, also NE Ayacucho.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; two males 38 g and 40 g, female 39·5–47 g. Adult is chestnut above, brightening to burnt sienna on face, throat and breast, and merging into cinnamon-... read more


Song 3·2–4·6 seconds long, given at intervals of 4–11 seconds, an evenly... read more


Ground and near ground in stands of bamboo and other dense undergrowth in humid montane forest and... read more

Food and feeding

No documented information. Behaviour reported to resemble that of G. rufula.


No confirmed data. Probably nests from Dec to Apr or May.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in North-east Peruvian Cordilleras EBA. Generally rare. though locally not... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2019). Chestnut Antpitta (Grallaria blakei). 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 24 August 2019).