Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-breasted Antpitta (Grallaricula leymebambae)


French: Grallaire de Leymebamba German: Orangebrust-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Ponchito pechicastaño norteño

Grallaricula ferrugineipectus leymebambae


, 1933,

Leymebamba, 7000 feet [c. 2130 m], Amazonas, Peru


Hitherto treated as conspecific with G. ferrugineipectus, although long known to be vocally distinct; differs in its larger size (effect size for wing 4.0, score 2); darker (olive-grey vs greyish-ochre) upperparts (1); darker (olive-grey) on preocular ring, ear-coverts and malar (last creating pale submoustachial line) and as mottling on breast (2); orange-rust of flank sides extending onto vent (1); higher-pitched (3) and faster-paced (2) song. Online recordings indicate a population in Ecuador with a degree of vocal difference, suggesting probably a new taxon; and Bolivian birds are slightly darker, although differences perhaps clinal. Monotypic.

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Pacific slope in extreme S Ecuador (S Loja)#R, NW Peru (Piura, NE Lambayeque#R) and from S Amazonas (S & E of R Marañón) S to W Bolivia (La Paz); recorded also, perhaps this taxon, in N Ecuador (Pichincha)#R.

Descriptive notes

10–10·5 cm; male 15–21 g, female 13–18 g. Compared to formerly conspecific G. ferrugineipectus is larger and darker, more olivaceous above, darker and buffier (less... read more


Vocalizations comprise two types, each in either a rapid or a slow version, apparently by both... read more


Undergrowth of humid montane forest, less commonly forest borders; in some areas mainly dense... read more

Food and feeding

Contents of c. 40 stomachs were beetles and other insects. Usually in pairs. Hops along moss-covered branches, drops briefly to forest... read more


Virtually nothing known; birds of both sexes collected in N Bolivia in late Jul and early Aug showed no signs of breeding.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Comparatively large range and population believed to be broadly stable. Only recently discovered in extreme S Ecuador. Apparently... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Rufous-breasted Antpitta (Grallaricula leymebambae). 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 18 September 2019).