Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Least Concern

Red-and-white Antpitta (Grallaria erythroleuca)


French: Grallaire de Cuzco German: Weißflecken-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí de Cuzco

Grallaria erythroleuca

P. L. Sclater

, 1874,

Huasampilla, Cuzco, Peru


Belongs to group centred on G. hypoleuca (which see), and has sometimes been treated as conspecific with one or other of its constituent members. Populations from N Cordillera Vilcabamba, differing from others in plumage and song, may be taxonomically distinct; further investigation required. Monotypic.


SE Peru in Cuzco (Vilcabamba Mts and Vilcanota Mts).

Descriptive notes

17·5 cm; male 73–80 g, female 76–79 g. Adult is bright dark rufous above, browner on back; throat and belly white (washed with pale yellow in N Cordillera... read more


Song 1·1 seconds long, given at intervals of 5–8 seconds for a minute or more, 3 (... read more


Floor and lower undergrowth of humid montane forest and secondary woodland, especially tangled... read more

Food and feeding

Food includes beetles, ants, spiders; bits of gravel and plant matter also found in some stomachs. Hops like a thrush (Turdidae), and stops... read more


No information. Sings from horizontal perch in dense tangles within 2 m of ground, mainly early and late in day.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bolivian and Peruvian Upper Yungas EBA. Considered uncommon to locally fairly common. Occurs in Manu National... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2019). Red-and-white Antpitta (Grallaria erythroleuca). 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 19 August 2019).