Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)


Sucre Antpitta (Grallaricula cumanensis)


French: Grallaire de Cumana German: Sucreameisenpitta Spanish: Ponchito de Sucre

Grallaricula cumanensis

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1900,

Los Palmales, and Rincón de San Antonio, Sucre, Venezuela


Recently split#R from G. nana on basis of distinctive vocalizations (song and call) and minor plumage differences. Tepui population named kukenamensis here considered to belong with G. nana (which see), but more research needed. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. c. cumanensis E. J. O. Hartert, 1900 – Coastal Range of Venezuela in Anzoátegui, W Sucre and N Monagas.
  • G. c. pariae Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1949 – NE Venezuela on Paria Peninsula (Cerro Humo, Cerro Azul).
  • Descriptive notes

    11–11·5 cm. Small, with slate-grey crown, mid-brown upperparts, rufous-orange underparts, becoming paler on throat, with white central belly, and prominent buff lores and... read more


    Song (pariae) c. 2–3 seconds long, given at c. 10-second intervals, c. 35 evenly paced... read more


    Undergrowth of humid montane forest, especially thickets of Chusquea bamboo and areas with... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information, but both diet and foraging behaviour presumably similar to G. nana.


    Nothing known.


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species, confined to NE Venezuela and the Caripe–Paria region, with an overall range estimated at just 10,700 km². Locally common but known from... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Sucre Antpitta (Grallaricula cumanensis). 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 August 2019).