• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

Chestnut-naped Antpitta - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies nuchalis
Photo by NJLarsen
Tapichalaca, Zamora-Chinchipe, SE Ecuador, 13 June 2019
Grallaria nuchalis


  • Chestnut crown
  • White triangle of white skin behind eye
  • Reddish-brown back
  • Blackish throat
  • Dark grey underparts


Northern bird have darker underside and most of upperside darker than southern birds.


South America: found along the Andes in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.


Subspecies ruficeps
Photo by COLOMBIA Birding
Central Andes, Colombia, February 2011


There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • G. n. ruficeps:
  • Colombia (Central Andes and western slope of Eastern Andes)
  • G. n. obsoleta:
  • Western slope of Andes of north-western Ecuador (Imbabura and Pichincha)
  • G. n. nuchalis:
  • Eastern slope of Andes of Ecuador and extreme northern Peru (Piura)


Moist montane forests at 1900-3100 m asl. Almost always in or near dense bamboo.


Mostly hops on ground. Food includes a variety of invertebrates.


Song varies among subspecies


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Ridgely, R.S., & P.J. Greenfield (2001). "The Birds of Ecuador - Field Guide". Comstock/Cornell Paperbacks. ISBN 978-0-8014-8721-7
  3. Schulenberg, T. S. & Stotz, D. F. & Lane, D. F. & O'Neill, J. P. & Parker III, T. A. & Egg, A. B. (2010). Birds of Peru: Revised and Updated Edition. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691130231
  4. Krabbe, N. and T. S. Schulenberg (2020). Chestnut-naped Antpitta (Grallaria nuchalis), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.chnant1.01

Recommended Citation

External Links

GSearch checked for 2020 platform.1