Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Near Threatened

Scallop-breasted Antpitta (Grallaricula loricata)


French: Grallaire maillée German: Schuppenameisenpitta Spanish: Ponchito lorigado

Grallaria loricata

P. L. Sclater

, 1857,

near Caracas, Venezuela




N Venezuela in Sierra de San Luis (Falcón) and Sierra de Aroa (Yaracuy), E in Coastal Range from Yaracuy, through Carabobo and Aragua to Silla de Caracas (Distrito Federal)#R#R.

Descriptive notes

c. 10–11 cm; 18·4–24·5 g. Adult has olive forecrown laterally edged black, rufous crown and nape streaked black, buff eyering; upperparts olive-... read more


Recently described: song consists of series of melancholic “shiiiuu” notes, likened to... read more


Lower growth in humid montane forest; sometimes in second growth. At 800–1700 m, mostly above... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes caterpillars and beetles, but a recent study indicates that principal items taken are small arthropods like crustaceans (... read more


Few data and nest remains undescribed. Season variously stated to be Mar–Nov or Mar–May. Probably monogamous. No other... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Cordillera de la Costa Central EBA. Range 11,300 km2. Considered genuinely... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K., Schulenberg, T.S., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Scallop-breasted Antpitta (Grallaricula loricata). 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 24 June 2019).