Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Least Concern

Southern Tawny Antpitta (Grallaria atuensis)


French: Grallaire d’Atuen German: Dunkelameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí leonado sureño

Grallaria quitensis atuensis


, 1933,

Atuén, 12,000 feet [c. 3660 m], Amazonas, Peru


Hitherto treated as conspecific with G. quitensis and G. alticola, but differs from both in its darker overall coloration (1), more distinct white mottling below (1), and very different call-note (a long, very burry start followed by an underslurred whistle vs a modulated start followed by a downslurred whistle in quitensis and a smooth downslurred whistle in alticola), with smaller frequency range (at least 2), lower maximum frequency (ns[1]) and longer note length (3)#R. Monotypic.

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C Andes of N Peru S of R Marañón, in S Amazonas and E La Libertad.

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm. Adult has warm buff to pale orange cheeks, throat and upper breast, which abruptly becomes muted on a whitish-mottled breast and belly. Juvenile undescribed.... read more


Compared to G. quitensis, song slightly higher-pitched (2–2·2 kHz), the last note drawn... read more


Inhabits elfin forest, Polylepis and páramo with scattered low shrubs and trees,... read more

Food and feeding

Diet largely unknown. Solitary, occasionally in pairs. Makes a few hops on ground, stops, looks, often with head tilted sideways. Picks... read more


Basically unknown. Territorial year-round; sings all day, often from semi-conspicuous perch.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Comparatively restricted range, estimated at 6400 km². Population unknown, but believed to be stable. At least locally common; occurs... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Southern Tawny Antpitta (Grallaria atuensis). 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 16 June 2019).