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Rufous-faced Antpitta - BirdForum Opus

Grallaria erythrotis


18.5 cm

  • Orange-rufous sides of head and neck
  • Olivaceous upperparts
  • White throat and abdomen
  • Orange-rufous breast with obscure white streaks
  • Olivaceous sides
  • Dark brown eyes
  • Blackish bill

Sexes similar. Juveniles are grey-brown above, almost uniform on top of head, back with cinnamon-buff spots and weak tawny barring, lower back barred, whitish chin, barred dusky brown and cinnamon-buff underparts, some pale spots on breast and pale buff belly.


Found in the Yungas of western Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz).
A fairly common to common restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species.


Edges of humid montane forest and shrubby areas. Often recorded along roads and edges of clearings and landslides.
Occurs at 2000-3050 m.



Feeds on beetles, ants, caterpillars and spiders, takes rarely seeds.
Forages by hopping on the ground, often coming out into the open.


No information from the wild. Lays 2 eggs in captivity.


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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