Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)


Jocotoco Antpitta (Grallaria ridgelyi)


French: Grallaire de Ridgely German: Zügelfleck-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí jocotoco

Grallaria ridgelyi

Krabbe et al.

, 1999,

Quebrada Honda, 2520 m, Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador


Closest relative may be G. carrikeri; also related to sympatric G. nuchalis. Monotypic.


S Ecuador (Zamora-Chinchipe) and N Peru (extreme N Cajamarca)#R.

Descriptive notes

20–22 cm; three males 176–204 g, two females 152 g and 182 g. Adult has cap and most of ear-coverts black, cheeks and lower lores with large glossy white patch of... read more


Male song a series of 6–10 or more identical notes at 0·4–0·6 kHz, given... read more


Steep slopes in wet, mossy, montane forest 10 m tall admixed with at least two species of bamboo;... read more

Food and feeding

Food includes a variety of arthropods, including millipedes (Diplopoda), beetles, ants and larvae. Natural feeding has not been observed;... read more


A nest found in Nov 2008 contained a single large nestling; nest, a bulky cup composed primarily of dead plant materials, firmly supported... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Known from a handful of localities in S Ecuador and N Peru: Tapichalaca, Cerro Toledo and Cordillera Tzunantza in Ecuador and Cordillera del Có... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K., Schulenberg, T.S., de Juana, E. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Jocotoco Antpitta (Grallaria ridgelyi). 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 19 August 2019).