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Photo © by megan perkins
Yanacocha, Ecuador, November 2012
Grallaria saturata


14-15 cm

  • Rufous both above and below
  • Somewhat scaly on center of lower belly, which also confers a slightly more buff color
  • Eye dark brown
  • Indistinct eye ring pale
  • Bill dark but with buffy base of lower mandible
  • Legs dark


Central Andes of Colombia south through Ecuador to northern Peru (north and west of the Marañón River); also on the west slope of the Eastern Andes of Colombia, in the Iguaque Massif in Boyacá and extreme southwestern Santander


This is a monotypic species[1].

This species and 15 others were previously included in a complex of Rufous Antpitta/Chestnut Antpitta.


Areas with dense understory of forest, second growth etc. Particularly likely to occur in humid areas such as near streams and in Chusquea bamboo. Found at elevations of 2550–3650 m asl.


Hops on or near the ground. Diet is presumably similar to other members of the Rufous Antpitta/Chestnut Antpitta complex in being dominated by insects and similar invertebrates.


Long song is a trill of about 20 notes given within 2 seconds, with no change of pace or pitch. Each note seems down-slurred. Short song consists of one note well-spaced from a trill of another five notes where the pace gets faster, each note slightly down-slurred.


  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. Ridgely, R.S., & P.J. Greenfield (2001). "The Birds of Ecuador - Field Guide". Comstock/Cornell Paperbacks. ISBN 978-0-8014-8721-7
  3. Link to paper by Isler et al. (2020) describing taxonomy of this species.

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GSearch checked for 2020 platform.