Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)


Santa Marta Antpitta (Grallaria bangsi)


French: Grallaire des Santa Marta German: Ockerkehl-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí de Santa Marta

Grallaria bangsi

J. A. Allen

, 1900,

El Líbano, 7000 feet [c. 2130 m], Santa Marta Mountains, Colombia


Probably fairly closely related to G. kaestneri. Monotypic.


N Colombia in Santa Marta Mts.

Descriptive notes

18 cm; one unsexed bird 62·0 g. Adult has dull greyish-olive crown, whitish loral spot, brown ear-coverts and region below eye with whitish shaft streaks, grey side of... read more


Song 0·8–1 second long, given at intervals of 6–11 seconds, 2 similar whistles,... read more


Floor and lower understorey of humid montane forest, mature secondary woodland, and tangled borders... read more

Food and feeding

Details of diet not recorded. Hops on the ground, occasionally perching on low horizontal branches. Seemingly less shy than congeners,... read more


Specimen in breeding condition in Sept; pin-feathered juvenile accompanying adult in Jul; immature collected in May. No other information. read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Santa Marta Mountains EBA. Common within its small range. Nevertheless, owing to... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Santa Marta Antpitta (Grallaria bangsi). 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 February 2020).