Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)


Masked Antpitta (Hylopezus auricularis)


French: Grallaire oreillarde German: Braunwangen-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí enmascarado

Grallaria auricularis


, 1941,

Victoria, at confluence of Río Madre de Dios and Río Beni, district of Madre de Dios, Bolivia


Formerly treated as conspecific with H. macularius, but differs distinctly in plumage, voice and habitat. HBW treatment as separate species supported by more recent genetic analysis#R. Monotypic.


Lower R Beni in SE Pando and N Beni, N Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; one male 43 g, one female 38 g. Adult has grey crown and nape, white lores, dark reddish-brown eyering and auriculars; rest of upperparts and tail olive-brown,... read more


Song a three-second series of c. 40 short notes at steady pace and descending evenly from c. 1·5 to... read more


Low, dense, wet second growth adjacent to open areas; in Beni (Riberalta), apparent preference for... read more

Food and feeding

Nothing recorded.


Nothing recorded.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Considered threatened owing to its very small known range (380 km²). Currently known from four sites in lower R Beni drainage. In Pando, four specimens... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K., Schulenberg, T.S. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Masked Antpitta (Hylopezus auricularis). 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 12 December 2019).