Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Least Concern

Thrush-like Antpitta (Myrmothera campanisona)


French: Grallaire grand-beffroi German: Strichelbrust-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí campanero

Myrmornim campanisonam


, 1783,



Race subcanescens shows marked vocal differences from other races, song being clearly higher-pitched (3), rising towards end (2), and reaching maximum amplitude on last or penultimate note (ns[1])#R, but plumage differences from races minor and signata very slight, as indeed are differences among some other races; further study required. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. c. modesta (P. L. Sclater, 1855) – base of E Andes of Colombia (S from Meta).
  • M. c. dissors J. T. Zimmer, 1934 – E Colombia in Guainía and Vaupés, adjacent S Venezuela (C & S Amazonas) and NW Brazil (from R Negro S to R Solimões, apparently also S of Amazon on left bank of lower R Madeira).
  • M. c. campanisona (Hermann, 1783) – Thrush-like Antpitta – SE Venezuela, the Guianas, and Brazil N of R Amazon (W at least from R Atabaní, probably from R Negro).
  • M. c. signata J. T. Zimmer, 1934 – E Ecuador and NE Peru N of R Amazon.
  • M. c. minor (Taczanowski, 1882) – E Peru (S of R Amazon), adjacent W Brazil (E to R Purus) and extreme NW Bolivia (Pando).
  • M. c. subcanescens Todd, 1927 – Tapajos Antpitta – Brazil S of R Amazon, from R Madeira E to right bank of lower R Tapajós and S to Rondônia.
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm; male 39·5–54 g, female 42–64 g. Adult has buffy lores, small white patch behind eye; moustachial region mottled brown and white; side of head and... read more


    Song 1·4–2·4 seconds long, given at intervals of 6–14 seconds, a slightly... read more


    Forest floor amid thick undergrowth, e.g. along treefalls or streams of humid terra firme... read more

    Food and feeding

    Recorded food includes curculionid beetles (Lamellicornia), ants (Attinae, Formicinae), grasshoppers (Acrididae) and millipedes (... read more


    Breeds during the wet season (Dec–Jan in French Guiana). Nest a shallow cup of tiny twigs, rootlets or hyphae on a platform of dead... read more


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common; uncommon in Peru. Generally widespread at low density; distance between nests of two neighbouring pairs in French Guiana was... read more

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2019). Thrush-like Antpitta (Myrmothera campanisona). 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).