Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Least Concern

Western Tawny Antpitta (Grallaria quitensis)


French: Grallaire de Quito German: Grauwangen-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí leonado occidental

Grallaria quitensis


, 1844,

vicinity of Quito, Ecuador


Hitherto treated as conspecific with G. alticola and G. atuensis (see both). Monotypic.


C Andes of Colombia (Caldas) S to extreme N Peru (E Piura, NW Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

16–18 cm; male 57–83 g, female 58·5–81·2 g. Adult has whitish ocular region and pale lores, with sides of head otherwise rufous-olivaceous... read more


Song 0·9–1·3 seconds long, given at intervals of 4–8 seconds, a series of... read more


Elfin forest and páramo with scattered low shrubbery and trees including ... read more

Food and feeding

Stomach contents included various insects (e.g. beetles), larvae (e.g. of Lepidoptera, Diptera), a leech; one held mostly berry seeds 2 mm... read more


In Colombia, specimens in breeding condition in Feb (Cauca); in Ecuador, collected in breeding condition in Sept, and four active nests... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common; population believed to be stable, within an overall range of 139,000 km², although one recent work... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K., Schulenberg, T.S. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Western Tawny Antpitta (Grallaria quitensis). 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).