Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Near Threatened

Peruvian Antpitta (Grallaricula peruviana)


French: Grallaire du Pérou German: Schmuckameisenpitta Spanish: Ponchito peruano

Grallaricula peruviana


, 1923,

Chaupe, 6100 feet [c. 1860 m], north-west of Huancabamba, Peru


Probably closest to G. ochraceifrons. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes in Ecuador (S from Napo) and extreme N Peru (E Piura, N Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

10 cm; male 17–17·5 g, female 18–21 g. Adult male has buff anterior lores, rufous crown and nape, buff eyering broadest in front and behind (broken above... read more


Song is a single high-pitched whistle "wheee" given repeatedly at intervals for... read more


Dense to moderately open undergrowth of humid-wet montane forest, at 1650–2100 m.

Food and feeding

Recorded food items include beetles, other insects, and fruit. Recorded taking earthworms at feeding stations. No information on... read more


Very little information. A nest filmed in Ecuador in Oct. was cup-shaped, made of green moss. One chick only, chick down brown.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Ecuador-Peru East Andes EBA. Rare, and local. In Ecuador, occurs in... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K., Schulenberg, T.S., Bonan, A. & Boesman, P. (2019). Peruvian Antpitta (Grallaricula peruviana). 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 23 August 2019).