• Welcome to BirdForum, the internet's largest birding community with thousands of members from all over the world. The forums are dedicated to wild birds, birding, binoculars and equipment and all that goes with it.

    Please register for an account to take part in the discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.
ZEISS DTI thermal imaging cameras. For more discoveries at night, and during the day.

Moustached Antpitta - BirdForum Opus

Revision as of 09:21, 11 May 2011 by Wintibird (talk | contribs) (completed, picture replaced by clearer image)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Photo by rdavis
Hacienda Angel Paz, Ecuador, October 2009
Grallaria alleni



  • Light olive-brown forecrown and slate-grey crown and nape
  • White lores (narrowly dark-tipped)
  • Fairly uniform olive-brown auriculars
  • Dark rufescent brown to olive-brown upperparts with scaled effect
  • Rufous-chestnut tail
  • Rufescent brown chin and throat
  • Broad white malar stripe
  • White lower throat forming crescent across chest
  • Olive-brown breast with narrow white streaks
  • Buffy white belly, cinnamon washed flanks

Juveniles not described.

Similar species

Whiter belly, more prominent streaks on breast (forming star-like pattern) than Scaled Antpitta. Bill also entirely black and upper mandible straight, not curved.


Colombia and Ecuador.
An endangered, restricted-range species. Longtime feared extinct, but andaquiensis refound in 1990, nominate in 1995.


Two subspecies are recognized:

  • G. a. alleni in Colombia on western slopes of central Andes
  • G. a. andaquiensis in Magdalena valley in Colombia and in northern Ecuador

Probably closely related to Tachira Antpitta.


Dense undergrowth and forest floor in wet primary forest. Often in ravines and on steep slopes. Found at 1800 - 2500m.
Where range overlaps with Scaled Antpitta found above the latter and in less disturbed habitats.


Forages on the ground. Diet unknown.
No information about breeding season and nest. Sings from a perch 0.5 to 3m above the ground.
Presumably a resident species.


  1. Clements, JF. 2010. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2010. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/Clements%206.5.xls/view
  2. Dickinson, EC, ed. 2003. The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed., with updates to October 2008 (Corrigenda 8). Princeton: Princeton Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0691117010
  3. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  4. 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

Recommended Citation

External Links