Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Antpitta (Grallaria hypoleuca)


French: Grallaire à ventre blanc German: Blassbauch-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí ventriblanco

Grallaria hypoleuca

P. L. Sclater

, 1855,

Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia


Forms a species-group with G. flavotincta, G. przewalskii, G. capitalis and G. erythroleuca, and possibly also G. albigula. In past, commonly treated as conspecific with G. flavotincta. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. h. hypoleuca P. L. Sclater, 1855 – Colombia on both slopes of C Andes (Antioquia) and on both slopes of E Andes (from Santander S to Cundinamarca).
  • G. h. castanea Chapman, 1923 – S Colombia (S from head of Magdalena Valley) and E Ecuador S to N Peru (N Cajamarca).
  • Descriptive notes

    17 cm; three males 62–69 g, one female (with 8·3-g egg in oviduct) 82 g. Adult has dark grey lores, dull rufescent-brown crown; nape, ear-coverts and neck side... read more


    Song 1·1–1·4 seconds long, given at intervals of 7–15 or more seconds, 3... read more


    Inhabits floor and lower understorey of humid montane forest, showing particular predilection for... read more

    Food and feeding

    Virtually nothing known: one stomach held insects. Foraging behaviour not fully documented.


    Specimens in breeding condition in Mar–Sept in Colombia (C & E Andes). Sings from perch within 2 m of ground. Eggs 29·8 × 24·5 mm.


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common; uncommon in Peru. Common in Cueva de los Guácharos National Park, in S Colombia. In Ecuador, occurs in Cayambe-... read more

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2019). White-bellied Antpitta (Grallaria hypoleuca). 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 23 August 2019).