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Subspecies ruficapilla
Photo © by WickWelsh
Paz de las Aves, Ecuador, August 2018
Grallaria ruficapilla


18·5–19 cm (7¼-7½ in)

  • Olivaceous upperparts
  • White underparts with brown mottling
  • Rufous crown, nape and moustache
  • White throat
  • Dark iris
  • Long grey legs and feet


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru.



There are 7 subspecies[1]:

  • G. r. ruficapilla:
  • G. r. perijana:
  • Sierra de Perijá (Colombia/Venezuela border)
  • G. r. avilae:
  • Coastal cordillera of northern Venezuela and Andes of Lara
  • G. r. nigrolineata:
  • Andes of western Venezuela (Táchira, Mérida and Trujillo)
  • G. r. connectens:
  • Subtropical Andes of south-western Ecuador
  • G. r. albiloris:
  • Southern Ecuador (Loja) and north-western Peru (south to Lambayeque)
  • G. r. interior:
  • Central Cordillera of northern Peru (Amazonas and San Martín)


Montane hardwood cloud florest, forest borders and clearings. Second growth and bamboo stands. Mid-elevation at around 2100m with ornamental plantings.



Their diet consists of spiders, caterpillars and other ground insects.


They hop on the ground.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2018)
  4. BF Member observations

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