Tawny Antpitta Grallaria quitensis Scientific name definitions

Harold F. Greeney and Andrew J. Spencer
Version: 2.0 — Published September 1, 2023

Conservation and Management

Conservation Status

The Tawny Antpitta is considered three species by BirdLife International (30), and, consequently, these have been assessed separately according to IUCN Red List Criteria; all three are listed as Least Concern (243, 46, 244). Across its considerable range, 27,179.8km2 globally (183) and 16,272 km2 in Ecuador (154), the Tawny Antpitta is judged fairly common to common (24, 67, 212, 215). The nominate subspecies is numerous in multiple national parks in Colombia (245) and Ecuador and occurs in at least one protected area in Peru. Even the range-restricted alticola is common in several Colombian national parks (245). Peruvian atuensis is perhaps the least common taxon, but is abundant locally and occurs in at least one national park.

Effects of Human Activity

None specifically documented. The Tawny Antpitta appears to be relatively tolerant of disturbance and can be abundant in shrubby second growth around habitations and in agricultural areas (23, 234, 154, 212). It is among the first of the high-elevation species to re-colonize fire-damaged habitat (246). Nevertheless, the páramo habitat of the Tawny Antpitta is under increasing threat, especially from agricultural development and the harvesting of Polylepis trees (8). One final word of caution for conservationists and decision-makers: although clearly more adaptable to anthropogenic changes than some species, the Tawny Antpitta has almost certainly already lost more of its original habitat than most (183).


Conservation Areas

Grallaria quitensis alticola

  • Colombia: Parque Nacional Natural Pisba (8); Parque Nacional Natural Chingaza (8); Parque Nacional Natural Sumapaz (45, 8); Parque Nacional Natural El Cocuy (27, 45); Parque Forestal Embalse del Neusa (98).

Grallaria quitensis quitensis

  • Colombia: Parque Nacional Natural Los Nevados (247); Parque Nacional Natural Puracé (132, 8); Reserva Natural de las Aves Loros Andinos (8); Reserva Natural de Sociedad Civil Semillas de Agua (8); ÁNÚ Volcán Azufral (8).
  • Ecuador: Parque Nacional Podocarpus (142); Parque Nacional Cotopaxi (8); Parque Nacional Sangay (126); Parque Nacional Cayambe-Coca (169 178); Parque Nacional Cajas (248, 182, 193); Parque Nacional Yaruci (8); Reserva Ecológica El Ángel (8); Reserva Ecológica Antisana (8); Bosque Protector Cashca Totoras (8); Bosque Protector Mazán (193, 144); Reserva Yanacocha (8); Reserva Verdecocha (8); RBP Guandera (152, 153); Reserva de Vida Silvestre Pasochoa (141).
  • Peru: Santuario Nacional Tabaconas-Namballe (163).

Grallaria quitensis atuensis

  • Peru: Parque Nacional Río Abiseo (6, 225); Área de Cconservacion Privada Llamapampa-La Jalca (8).

Recommended Citation

Greeney, H. F. and A. J. Spencer (2023). Tawny Antpitta (Grallaria quitensis), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (N. D. Sly, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.