Neotropical Birds
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Bay Antpitta Grallaria capitalis

Thomas S. Schulenberg and Guy M. Kirwan
Version: 1.0 — Published March 16, 2012


Geographic Variation



Related Species

Grallaria capitalis was described by Chapman (1926), with a type locality of Rumicruz, Junín [now Pasco], Peru. The holotype is in the American Museum of Natural History (Chapman 1926, LeCroy and Sloss 2000).

Grallaria capitalis always has been recognized as a species, although Meyer de Schauensee (1966) proposed that Grallaria hypoleuca (White-bellied Antpitta), within which he already included Grallaria flavotincta (Yellow-breasted Antpitta) as a subspecies, could be expanded further to include Grallaria przewalskii (Rusty-tinged Antpitta), capitalis, and Grallaria erythroleuca (Red-and-white Antpitta). Parker and O'Neill (1980) noted that the song of capitalis differed from that of hypoleuca castanea and przewalskii, and proposed that all taxa in this complex (except for castanea) be maintained as species. This suggestion has been followed by all subsequent authors, who further include flavotincta, hypoleuca, przewalskii, capitalis, and erythroleuca in a superspecies (e.g. Ridgely and Tudor 1989, 2009, Krabbe and Schulenberg 2003).

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and G. M. Kirwan (2012). Bay Antpitta (Grallaria capitalis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.bayant1.01
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