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Pale-billed Antpitta - BirdForum Opus

Grallaria carrikeri
Photo by guiacalles
Rio Chido, Amazonas, Peru, December 2012



  • Black forecrown, lores, auriculars and malar region
  • Blackish-brown crown and side of head, merging into olivaceous brown nape and back
  • Dark chestnut wings and tail
  • Black upper throat, shadng to blackish-grey on lower throat
  • Slate grey breast and belly, feathers narrowly tipped with black
  • Almost white central belly
  • Buff-olive flanks and crissum
  • Ivory-coloured bill

Sexes similar. Juveniles with blackish-gred head, upper mantle and upper breast, rest of plumage dark grey and barred cinnamon.


Found on the eastern slopes of the Andes of northern Peru (Amazonas and La Libertad).
An uncommon to locally fairly common restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species.
It's sometimes considered a sister-specie of Chestnut-naped Antpitta. Probably more closely related to Jocotoco Antpitta.


Moist montanes with dense stands of bamboo.
Occurs at 2350 to 2900m.



Feeds on caterpillars, beetles and other arthropods. Foraging not well documented, probably like other antpittas.


Breeding season probably in drier season, nest found in October, juveniles found in August. One nest documented, a shallow cup made of small sticks and decaying leaves. It was placed on a partly fallen tree 3 m above a slope concealed in mosses and ferns.


Presumably a sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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