Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)


Perija Antpitta (Grallaria saltuensis)


French: Grallaire de la Perija German: Perijáameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí del Perijá

Grallaria rufula saltuensis


, 1946,

south of the South Teta above Airoca, 9500–10,000 feet [c. 2900–3050 m], Sierra de Perijá, Magdalena, Colombia


Generally treated as a race of G. rufula, although remarkably distinctive and recently elevated to species rank#R. Differs from all other taxa in the G. rufula complex in being paler, much less rufous on the underparts (3), olive-brown vs warm rufous-brown on the upperparts (2), very considerably larger (at least 2) and in possession of a distinctive pale eyering (2); in addition, some vocal differences also apparent, but information incomplete and analysis unfinished#R. Sometimes said perhaps to belong in G. quitensis, but is much smaller (at least 2, probably 3), with largely pale brownish vs plain blackish bill (3), plainer ear-coverts (1), usually darker olive-brown vs brown above (ns[1]), and paler, less strongly tinged buffy ochre on lower underparts (1). Monotypic.

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Sierra de Perijá, on Venezuela–Colombia border.

Descriptive notes

14·5–15 cm. Compared to previously conspecific G. rufula, adult is much duller, being much closer in general appearance to G. quitensis, having contrasting... read more


Vocalizations only recently documented (perhaps only given seasonally) and mostly seems to utter a... read more


Floor and lower parts of understorey in stands of bamboo in humid montane forest and forest borders... read more

Food and feeding

Virtually nothing recorded.


Season apparently Mar–May, as in G. rufula of the Santa Marta Mts, based on specimens collected in breeding condition, but nothing... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species, with an overall distribution estimated at just 2900 km². Population suggested to be 2500–9999 mature individuals; suspected to be... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Perija Antpitta (Grallaria saltuensis). 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 22 September 2019).