Rufous-faced Antpitta (Grallaria erythrotis)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Grallariidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Sandia, Puno

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Near Comarapa, Bolivia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. La Rinconada, Bolivia

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Identification & Behavior: ~18.5 cm (7.3 in). The Rufous-faced Antpitta has rufous sides of the head and neck but the throat is white. The top of the head, nape, and mantle are slaty-gray. The underparts are brownish-gray. It forages on the floor of second-growth forests, other types of disturbed habitats and bamboo. It is similar to the White-throated Antpitta but is distinguished by having a slaty-gray top of the head and nape, limited white on the throat, voice, and by ranging at higher elevations (White-throated Antpitta ranges within 1150-2100 m).

Status: The Rufous-faced Antpitta has recently been documented in Sandia Province-Puno, Peru close to the Peru-Bolivia border.  It is known to range between 2000-3300m. Prior to the reports in Puno, the Rufous-faced Antpitta was regarded as a Bolivian endemic.

Name in Spanish: Tororoi de Cara Rufa.

Sub-species: Rufous-faced Antpitta (Grallaria erythrotis), L. Sclater and Salvin (1876).

Meaning of Name: Grallaria: L. grallarius, grallae= one walking on stilts. erythrotis: L. ery= red, rufous and throtis= gular or throat area.

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Distribution Map


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.