Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)


Moustached Antpitta (Grallaria alleni)


French: Grallaire à moustaches German: Grauscheitel-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí bigotudo

Grallaria alleni


, 1912,

Salento, 7000 feet [c. 2130 m], Central Andes, Cauca, Colombia


May be closely related to G. chthonia (but see below). Race andaquiensis browner, less grey, than nominate, with ochraceous vs whitish belly, but voice identical. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. a. alleni Chapman, 1912 – Colombia on N & C W Andes (Páramo de Frontino#R, Tatamá National Park#R) and W slope of C Andes (Risaralda, Quindío, Cauca).
  • G. a. andaquiensis Hernández & Rodríguez, 1979 – head of Magdalena Valley, in Colombia, and both slopes in N Ecuador (S to Cotopaxi and Napo).
  • Descriptive notes

    16·5 cm; two males 64 g and 77 g. Adult has light olive-brown fore­crown and slate-grey crown and nape, fea­thers narrowly edged blackish, white lores narrowly... read more


    Song 1·8–3 seconds long, given at intervals of 7–13 seconds, a series of 17... read more


    Floor and dense undergrowth within 3 m of ground in wet (mossy) primary forest, mainly in ravines... read more

    Food and feeding

    Forages on the ground. In NW Ecuador two adults were recorded feeding nestlings with arthropods captured on the ground on trails and forest... read more


    Sings from perch 0·5–3 m above ground. Two nests found in the Central Andes of Colombia and in NW Ecuador were bulky... read more


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Previously listed as Endangered. Restricted-range species: present in Colombian Inter-Andean slopes EBA. Until 1990 known from only two specimens, and feared... read more

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2019). Moustached Antpitta (Grallaria alleni). 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 June 2019).