Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Critically Endangered

Tachira Antpitta (Grallaria chthonia)


French: Grallaire du Tachira German: Táchiraameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí de Táchira

Grallaria chthonia

Wetmore and Phelps, Jr

, 1956,

Río Chiquito, 1800–2100 m, south-west Táchira, Venezuela


Thought probably to be closely related to G. alleni. Alternatively, some authors have considered it so similar to G. guatimalensis that it may be better treated as conspecific#R. Monotypic.


W Venezuela in SW Táchira (Hacienda La Providencia, Río Chiquito).

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm. Adult has brown forecrown scaled black, buffy lores, grey hindcrown and nape scaled black; back and rump olive-brown, narrowly scaled black, uppertail-coverts... read more


Not yet formally undescribed.


Tall dense cloudforest, presumably in mossy undergrowth and on floor; at 1800–2100 m.

Food and feeding

No information.


Nothing known.


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in the Colombian East Andes EBA. Known from only four specimens collected at the type locality, Hacienda La... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K., Schulenberg, T.S. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Tachira Antpitta (Grallaria chthonia). 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 19 August 2019).