Neotropical Birds
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White-throated Antpitta Grallaria albigula

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


Geographic Variation

There are two described subspecies of Grallaria albigula (Dickinson 2003):

albigula Chapman 1923; type locality Santo Domingo [Puno], Peru

Occurs in southeastern Peru and in Bolivia; see Detailed Description.

cinereiventris Olrog and Contino 1970; type locality El Jordán, Valle Grande, cerro Calilegua, Jujuy, Argentina, 1700 m.

Differs from nominate albigula by as having the belly gray (not white), and the flanks sepia olive instead of gray.

Occurs in northwestern Argentina. The validity of this subspecies,which is known from very few specimens, has been questioned, although without direct examination of specimens of cinereiventris (Krabbe and Schulenberg 2003).


Related Species

The relationships of Grallaria albigula to other members of the genus is unresolved. Recent phylogenetic analyses of Grallaria, based on DNA sequence data, are incomplete and do not include White-throated Antpitta (Krabbe et al. 1999, Rice 2005).

Several authors have suggested that albigula is related to the Grallaria hypoleuca (White-bellied Antpitta) superspecies (e.g., Chapman 1923, Ridgely and Tudor 1994, Krabbe and Schulenberg 2003). Zimmer (1934), on the other hand, suggested that albigula was related to Grallaria nuchalis (Chestnut-naped Antpitta).

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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