Ground-antbirds (Formicariidae)

Great Antpitta (Grallaria excelsa) - HBW 8, p. 713

French: Grande Grallaire German: Fahlbauch-Ameisenpitta Spanish: Tororoí Excelso

Taxonomy: Grallaria excelsa Berlepsch, 1893, Montaña Aricagua, Andes of Mérida, Venezuela.
Forms a superspecies with G. gigantea. Possibly conspecific, or, alternatively, race lehmanni of latter should perhaps be placed with present species; further study required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • excelsa Berlepsch, 1893 - Perijá Mts in W Venezuela, possibly extending into adjacent Colombia, also Andes from Lara S to Táchira.
  • phelpsi Gilliard, 1939 - coastal mountains of Venezuela in Aragua (Colonia Tovar).

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