Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Least Concern

Grey-naped Antpitta (Grallaria griseonucha)


French: Grallaire à nuque grise German: Graunacken-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí nuquigrís

Grallaria griseonucha

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1871,

Páramo de Culata, Andes of Mérida, Venezuela


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. g. griseonucha P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1871 – Andes of Venezuela in C Mérida and E Trujillo.
  • G. g. tachirae J. T. Zimmer & Phelps, Sr, 1945 – Andes of Venezuela in NE Táchira (Boca de Monte).
  • Descriptive notes

    16 cm. Adult has dark brown crown, slate-grey nape and side of hindcrown; upperparts, wings and tail dark reddish-brown; side of head and most of underparts rufous-chestnut,... read more


    Song 1–1·8 seconds long, given at intervals of 7–11 seconds, a series of 10–16... read more


    Floor and lower undergrowth of humid montane forest, at 2300–2800 m; generally found in dense... read more

    Food and feeding

    Few details available. Hops on ground; behaviour apparently as for other Grallaria.


    No information. Based on frequencey of vocalizations, season may coincide with start of rains (May) or when they finish (Oct–Nov).


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cordillera de Mérida EBA. Generally uncommon, but locally quite common to common. Occurs in Guaramacal National... read more

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Grey-naped Antpitta (Grallaria griseonucha). 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 29 February 2020).