Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Near Threatened

Pale-billed Antpitta (Grallaria carrikeri)


French: Grallaire de Carriker German: Blassschnabel-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí de Carriker

Grallaria carrikeri

Schulenberg and M. D. Williams

, 1982,

Cordillera de Colán, south-east of La Peca, 2450 m, Amazonas, Peru


Sometimes considered sister-species of G. nuchalis, but may be more closely related to G. ridgelyi. Monotypic.


E slope of C Andes of Peru from S Amazonas S to E La Libertad.

Descriptive notes

19 cm; male 96–124 g, female 97–112 g. Adult has black forecrown, auriculars, lores and malar region, blackish-brown crown and side of head, merging into... read more


Song 3 seconds long, given at intervals of 6–10 seconds, a series of 6 notes with slight... read more


Dense stands of bamboo and adjacent floor and undergrowth of humid montane forest, at 2350–... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes a variety of arthropods, especially caterpillars and beetles. Nestlings frequently fed earthworms. Foraging behaviour poorly... read more


Nest with young in Oct and juveniles found in Aug, suggesting breeding during drier part of year. Single nest known, a shallow cup made of... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, owing to its small range. Restricted-range species: present in North-east Peruvian Cordilleras EBA.... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2019). Pale-billed Antpitta (Grallaria carrikeri). 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 17 June 2019).