French: Grallaire géante German: Riesenameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí gigante
Subspecies and Distribution
G. g. lehmanni
Wetmore, 1945 – SW Colombia at head of Magdalena Valley; probably extinct.
G. g. hylodroma
Wetmore, 1945 – SW Colombia (Nariño) and Pacific slope of Andes in Ecuador (Pichincha, Cotopaxi).
G. g. gigantea
Lawrence, 1866 – E slope of Andes of Ecuador (E Carchi and Napo S to Volcán Tungurahua and Sangay National Park#R).
24 cm; three males 204–266 g (gigantea), one male 218 g, one unsexed 254 g (hylodroma). Adult has chestnut forehead, grading into slate-grey on crown... read more
Song (hylodroma) 4–6 (rarely, 7) seconds long, at intervals of 5–15 seconds, a... read more
Humid and wet primary montane forest, preferring level ground, but occasionally found on steep... read more
Food and feeding
Food items recorded include a large beetle, large grubs, slugs, and giant earthworms (Rhynodrylus) and other large earthworms.... read more
Natural (unprovoked) song recorded Oct–Jan in NW Ecuador, Oct and Mar in E Ecuador. Song given just before dawn and at late dusk,... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Previously listed as Endangered. Restricted-range species: present in Northern Central Andes EBA and Southern Central Andes EBA. Rare and local in most of its... read more
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