Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)


Cundinamarca Antpitta (Grallaria kaestneri)


French: Grallaire de Kaestner German: Cundinamarca-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí de Cundinamarca

Grallaria kaestneri


, 1992,

c. 3 km ENE of Monterredondo, Amazonian slope, Cundinamarca, Colombia


Considered to be close relative of larger G. bangsi. Monotypic.


Amazonian slope of Colombian E Andes in Cundinamarca (SE of Bogotá) and presumably also in adjacent Meta#R.

Descriptive notes

15·5 cm; three females 45·8–49·4 g. Adult is mottled dull whitish and dull olive on face, ear-coverts with pale shafts; dark greenish-olive above, feathers narrowly... read more


Song 1 second long, consisting of 3 similar whistles given at increasing pitch (2·5, 2·8 and 2·9... read more


Floor and lower undergrowth of humid montane forest and mature secondary woodland; preference for... read more

Food and feeding

Recorded food items include beetles, cockroaches (Blattodea), katydids, spiders and earthworms. Highly terrestrial; only rarely ascends to... read more


No data on season; probably during second half of year, coinciding with middle and end of rainy season. Sings from perch within 1 m of... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian East Andes EBA. Fairly common at its two known localities in Cundinamarca, occurring at density of 1 pair/1–1... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K., Schulenberg, T.S. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Cundinamarca Antpitta (Grallaria kaestneri). 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 28 February 2020).