Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)


Hooded Antpitta (Grallaricula cucullata)


French: Grallaire à capuchon German: Rotkopf-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Ponchito encapuchado

Conopophaga cucullata

P. L. Sclater

, 1856,

Bogotá, Colombia


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. c. venezuelana Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1956 – NW Venezuela (SW Táchira and extreme W Apure) and C Colombia (E slope of E Andes in E Cundinamarca).
  • G. c. cucullata (P. L. Sclater, 1856) – Colombia in W Andes (Valle del Cauca and Cauca), on W slope of C Andes (Risaralda and Valle del Cauca, formerly in Antioquia), and on W slope of E Andes (in Huila at head of Magdalena Valley; presumably also farther N).
  • Descriptive notes

    10 cm. Adult has bright orange-rufous head and throat; olive-brown upperparts and tail, brown wings; narrow white crescent across lower throat; breast and belly pale grey,... read more




    Undergrowth of dense humid mon­tane forest; at 1800–2135 m, possibly locally down to 1500... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet includes insects. Usually solitary. Hops through vegetation within 1·5 m of ground. Often rocks body from side to side without moving... read more


    In Colombia, female ready to lay collected in Sept in Antioquia and another in Jul at head of Magdalena Valley. Eggs 20·4 × 16·4 mm. No... read more


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian East Andes EBA and Colombian Inter-Andean slopes EBA. Uncommon to fairly common; probably overlooked in some areas... read more

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K., Schulenberg, T.S. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Hooded Antpitta (Grallaricula cucullata). 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).