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Grallaria quitensis Lesson, 1844
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Tawny Antpitta Grallaria quitensis Scientific name definitions
Version: 2.0 — Published September 1, 2023
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The Tawny Antpitta is a medium-sized Grallaria, with the typical long-legged, upright posture of the genus. It is a rather dull-plumaged antpitta, lacking strong field marks. The upper parts are uniformly dull brown to olive-brown, and the under parts are tawny, sometimes with indistinct white mottling.
The Tawny Antpitta is much less skulking than most other Grallaria. In fact, its behavior alone, frequently running about and foraging in open habitats, is usually the best clue to its identity (2, 3). The Muisca Antpitta (Grallaria rufula) is the only other Grallaria that overlaps extensively with the Tawny Antpitta in altitudinal range, but it is smaller, with a much smaller bill, and is much more uniformly rufous or rufescent.