Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Near Threatened

Crescent-faced Antpitta (Grallaricula lineifrons)


French: Grallaire demi-lune German: Halbmond-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Ponchito medialuna

Apocryptornis lineifrons


, 1924,

Oyacachi, Ecuador




C Andes of S Colombia (Quindío#R, E Cauca) and E Ecuador (S to R Zamora).

Descriptive notes

11·5 cm; male 20·5–22·5 g, female 17–22 g. Adult has slate-grey crown and nape, large white loral spot continuing into broad white moustache... read more


Song, by both sexes, 2·4–3·5 seconds long, repeated every 10–20 seconds... read more


Undergrowth of humid montane forest and adjacent secondary woodland, at 2900–3400m. Occurs... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes spiders, and insects such as beetles (Curculionidae, Staphylinidae, Chrysomelidae, Anthripidae), beetle grubs, true bugs (... read more


Recently fledged young found in Mar; song heard only Jan–Apr in Ecuador. A nest found in Feb in NE Ecuador was an open cup of sticks... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Northern Central Andes EBA and Southern Central Andes EBA. Rare to locally... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K., Schulenberg, T.S. & de Juana, E. (2020). Crescent-faced Antpitta (Grallaricula lineifrons). 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 22 January 2020).