Masked Antpitta (Hylopezus auricularis)

Masked Antpitta

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Grallariidae | [latin] Hylopezus auricularis | [UK] Masked Antpitta | [FR] Grallaire a oreillons | [DE] Rostflanken-Ameisenpitta | [ES] Chululu Boliviano | [NL]


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

Forehead, crown and nape grey; rest of upperparts, including tail, olive brown. On the wings the feathers are orange-buff and black margined. An orange region around the eyes and ears olive brown. Under parts yellowish white on breast heavily streaked. On distance this streaking looks like a band, contrasting with the yelolw-white body cover.

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 14 cm size max.: 15 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 3  


South America : North Bolivia. It is known from just four localities, in southeast Pando and northern Beni departments


This is an uncommon bird that prefers to inhabit the densely vegetated clearings found in terra firme rain forests.


The nest is a simple collection of dead leaves resting about 75 centimeter above ground on rootlets.

Feeding habits

It lives alone or, less frequently, in pairs, feeding on insects, which it finds by turning over the foliage on the ground. It is difficult to observe but is usually seen while running or hopping along the ground.


This species is currently known from a very small area, and thus qualifies as Vulnerable. Little is known about its requirements, and it cannot be considered secure. However, surveys may find the species to be more widespread, resulting in a downlisting to Near Threatened.
It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Masked Antpitta status Vulnerable


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Masked Antpitta distribution range map

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