Ground-antbirds (Formicariidae)

Giant Antpitta (Grallaria gigantea) - HBW 8, p. 714

French: Grallaire géante German: Riesenameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí Gigante

Taxonomy: Grallaria gigantea Lawrence, 1866, Ecuador.
Forms a superspecies with G. excelsa. Possibly conspecific, or possibly only race lehmanni may be better placed with that species; or, conversely, race hylodroma may deserve full species rank; further research required. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • lehmanni Wetmore, 1945 - SW Colombia at head of Magdalena Valley.
  • hylodroma Wetmore, 1945 - SW Colombia (Nariño) and Pacific slope of Andes in Ecuador (Pichincha, Cotopaxi).
  • gigantea Lawrence, 1866 - E slope of Andes of Ecuador (E Carchi and Napo S to Volcán Tungurahua).