Family Antpittas (Grallariidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-breasted Antpitta (Grallaria flavotincta)


French: Grallaire à poitrine jaune German: Gelbbrust-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí pechiamarillo

Grallaria flavotincta

P. L. Sclater

, 1877,

Frontino, Antioquia, Colombia


Belongs to group centred on G. hypoleuca (which see). Formerly considered conspecific with G. hypoleuca. Monotypic.


Pacific slope of W Andes in Colombia and NW Ecuador (S to Pichincha).

Descriptive notes

17 cm. Adult has grey lores, chestnut-brown head side and upper­parts; creamy white below, sometimes tinged pale grey on breast and side of belly, variably motted with... read more


Song 1·1 seconds long, given at intervals of 13–22 seconds for minutes at a time, 3... read more


Floor and lower understorey of humid and, especially, wet montane forest and forest borders, often... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not documented. Usually solitary. Hops on the forest floor, pausing to probe into litter or to flick aside leaves.


A nest found in NW Ecuador in late Jan had 2 turquoise eggs; nest, a bulky, open cup made mostly of green moss and fern leaves intermixed... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Generally rare to locally uncommon. In NW Ecuador, fairly common at 1900... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K., Schulenberg, T.S. & de Juana, E. (2019). Yellow-breasted Antpitta (Grallaria flavotincta). 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 17 June 2019).