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Photo by COLOMBIA Birding
Central Andes, Colombia, November 2011
Grallaricula lineifrons



  • Slate-grey crown and nape
  • Large white loral spot continuing as broad white moustache, white spot behind eye
  • Black side of head, buff spot on side of neck
  • Olive-brown upperparts
  • White upper chin and centre of throat
  • Black lower chin and side of throat
  • Buff lower throat and breast, olive-brown sides and flanks
  • White belly streaked black
  • Dark brown eye
  • Black bill

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.


Found locally in the central Andes of southern Colombia and Ecuador.
A restricted-range species, known only from few localities.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Undergrowth in humid montane forest and adjacent secondary woodland. Occurs at 2900 - 3400m.
Higher than Slate-crowned Antpitta where ranges overlap.


Feeds on spiders and insects.
Forages solitary or in pairs, hopping quietly through undergrowth, often flicking with wings. Occasionally on the ground to pick prey. Does not follow mixed-species flocks.
Fledged young recorded in March, song heard from January to April in Ecuador. No other information about breeding.
Presumably a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and D Christie, eds. 2003. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 8: Broadbills to Tapaculos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334504

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