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Chestnut Antpitta - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Wilson Diaz
Abra Patricia Owlet Lodge. Amazonas, Peru, 21 July 2019
Grallaria blakei


14-15 cm (5½-6 in)
Almost uniform rufous with a paler belly not often visible in the field. Bill and legs are dark grey, iris is brown.

Similar species

Usually occurs at lower elevation than nearby populations of the former Rufous Antpitta which has an eye ring and are less reddish.


South America: found on the east slope of the Andes of northern Peru (Amazonas south of the Marañón River, south to Huánuco, north of Huallaga River).


This is a monotypic species[1].

This species and 15 others were previously included in a complex of Rufous Antpitta/Chestnut Antpitta. Those specifically split from Chestnut Antpitta include Oxapampa Antpitta and Ayacucho Antpitta.


Dense undergrowth including bamboo in humid montane forests and second growth at 1700–3000 m asl.


Terrestrial, usually within a meter of the ground.


The song consists of a rapid series of chiming notes that increase in speed through the song. In spite of a good number of recordings being available, no short song has been recorded for this species, contra the other members of the complex of Rufous Antpitta/Chestnut Antpitta.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. 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
  3. Schulenberg, T. S. and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Chestnut Antpitta (Grallaria blakei), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.cheant2.01
  4. Link to paper by Isler et al. (2020) describing taxonomy of this species.

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