Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Least Concern

Speckle-breasted Antpitta (Hylopezus nattereri)


French: Grallaire de Natterer German: Fleckenbauch-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí de Natterer

Grallaria nattereri

O. M. O. Pinto

, 1937,

Alto da Serra, São Paulo, Brazil


Long considered conspecific with H. ochroleucus (which see). Monotypic.


SE Brazil in S Minas Gerais, and from W Paraná E to W Rio de Janeiro and S to extreme E Paraguay, NE Argentina (Misiones) and N Rio Grande do Sul.

Descriptive notes

13·5 cm; two males 31 g and 33 g. Adult has pale buff lores, whitish moustache; upperparts olive-brown, wings browner; primary coverts dark, contrasting ill-defined... read more


Song 2–2·5 seconds long, an evenly paced series of 5–10 (in S) or 8–14 (in... read more


Ground and lower growth in humid and montane forest, mature secondary woodland, and borders; often... read more

Food and feeding

Dietary details not documented. Primarily terrestrial. Performs short hops, punctuated by abrupt stops to cock head sideways while looking... read more


Sings from perch up to 2 m above ground. There is a photograph of a bird at nest near Sao Paulo on early Sept 2016; nest made of sticks. No... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common in most of range. Fairly common in high parts of Serra do Mar State Park, in Brazil. Found also in Serra dos Órgãos, Itatiaia, Serra da... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2019). Speckle-breasted Antpitta (Hylopezus nattereri). 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 20 August 2019).