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San Lorenzo ridge/Santa Marta range (Magdalena/Colombia),
21 November 2023
Grallaria spatiator


13 cm

  • Brownish upperside
  • Head, breast and flanks reddish brown
  • Fades to greyish buff on rear underside

Males and females similar

Similar species

Other similar antpittas within range should have stripes which this species lacks.


South America: Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, in northern Colombia.


This is a monotypic species[1].

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


It has been found at elevations of 2200–2900 m asl. It seems to prefer high density understory and ground of forest with moss and epiphytes.


Seems to depend on running rather than flying for finding its food which presumably mainly contains invertebrates, but data are lacking.


One song type is a trill of about 30 notes delivered over a 3 second period which is descending in pitch. A second is a short whistle at high pitch descending slightly.


  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. Greeney, H. F. (2021). Sierra Nevada Antpitta (Grallaria spatiator), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (H. F. Greeney, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.rufant5.01
  3. Link to paper by Isler et al. (2020) describing taxonomy of this species.

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