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Photo © by Francisco Paludo
Piraquara, PR, Brasil, May 2018
Grallaria varia


18–20·5 cm (7-8 in)


The underparts range from ranging from finely barred to streaked over the various subspecies.


South America: found in Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina.



There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • G. v. cinereiceps:
  • G. v. varia:
  • The Guianas and Brazil north of River Amazon (west from lower River Napo)
  • G. v. distincta:
  • Brazil south of River Amazon (River Madeira to River Tapajós, south to Mato Grosso)
  • G. v. intercedens:
  • East Brazil (Pernambuco and southern Bahia to south-eastern Minas Gerais)
  • G. v. imperator:
  • South East Brazil (south Minas Gerais) to eastern Paraguay and north-eastern Argentina


Humid forests and mature secondary woodlands. Occasionally seen at dawn in more open areas.



Their main diet consists of earthworms and invertebrates such as spiders, cockroaches, grasshoppers, cockroaches and centipedes.


Recording by Andrew Whitehouse


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2018)
  4. Neotropical birds

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