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Bicolored Antpitta - BirdForum Opus

Photo by COLOMBIA Birding
Central Andes, Colombia June 2011
Grallaria rufocinerea


16.5 cm

  • Dark rufous-brown head, throat and upperparts
  • Dark grey chest to crissum, paler on central belly
  • Eye dark brown
  • Black bill


South America: Central Andes of Colombia to north-eastern Ecuador


This species was found to be embedded into the complex of 15 other species which were previously included in Rufous Antpitta/Chestnut Antpitta.


There are 2 subspecies:

  • G. r. rufocinerea:
  • Central Andes of Colombia (southern Antioquia to western Huila)
  • G. r. romeroana:
  • Southern Colombia to Andes of north-eastern Ecuador (north-western Sucumbíos)


Dense understory of moist montane forests including disturbed areas and second growth. It is found at 1950–3250 m asl.



The diet includes insects. It is found on or close to the ground.


Long song is a series of about 13 notes given over a longer period. The length of each note shortens while the spacing between notes is constant, and the pitch is also constant. The short song consists of a single note of almost a seconds duration.


  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. Link to paper by Isler et al. (2020) describing taxonomy of this species.
  3. Greeney, H. F. (2020). Bicolored Antpitta (Grallaria rufocinerea), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.bicant3.01
  4. Avibase
  5. BirdLife International

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GSearch checked for 2020 platform.