Neotropical Birds
Version  1.0
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White-throated Antpitta Grallaria albigula

Thomas S. Schulenberg and Guy M. Kirwan
Version: 1.0 — Published March 23, 2012

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of White-throated Antpitta is described as "a 2-note hollow whistle, the second note slightly higher: hee-KEE" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2007). This song is 1-1.2 s long, with the whistles at 1.1-1.3 kHz, and is given at intervals of 8-14 s intervals for several minutes at a time (Krabbe and Schulenberg 2003). This song is similar to the two noted song of Rufous-breasted Antthrush (Formicarius rufipectus), but the two notes of the antthrush song change much less in pitch (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2007).

For a representative audio recording with sonogram, see audio

The call of White-throated Antpitta is a a single, short, falling whistle, similar in pitch to the song, and repeated at 1-3 s intervals, usually in series of 4-11 notes (Krabbe and Schulenberg 2003), transcribed as "a descending, hollow note: clew" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2007).

Additional vocalizations of White-throated Antpitta can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and G. M. Kirwan (2012). White-throated Antpitta (Grallaria albigula), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.whtant2.01
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