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Elusive Antpitta Grallaria eludens
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This species is classified as Least Concern as it is not thought to approach the thresholds for any of the IUCN criteria; however, further research is required on this poorly-known species.

Taxonomic source(s)
SACC. 2006. A classification of the bird species of South America. Available at: #

Distribution and population
Grallaria eludens occurs in south-east Peru in Ucayali (Balta and on the Cordillera Divisor), and probably Madre de Dios (Manu National Park and Cerro Pantiacolla (P. Champlin in litt. 1998)), and has recently been discovered on the upper rio Juruá, Brazil (Whittaker and Oren 1999).

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'rare'.

Trend justification
This species is suspected to lose 5.7-5.9% of suitable habitat within its distribution over three generations (11 years) based on a model of Amazonian deforestation (Soares-Filho et al. 2006, Bird et al. 2011). Given the susceptibility of the species to fragmentation and/or edge effects, it is therefore suspected to decline by <25% over three generations.

It occurs in humid terra firme forest with dense undergrowth, from 150 to 500 m (Ridgely and Tudor 1994, Parker et al. 1996). It is otherwise essentially unknown (Ridgely and Tudor 1994, Parker et al. 1996).

Although its forests within its range are still relatively intact ( Stattersfield et al. 1998), the region is subject to some selective logging and is being opened up for development, with oil/gas extraction and mining, and associated road-building and human colonisation resulting in further degradation (Dinerstein et al. 1995).

Conservation Actions Underway
It occurs in Manu National Park, Peru.

Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct ecological studies to determine this species's precise habitat requirements. Ensure that remaining tracts of suitable habitat receive adequate protection.

Dinerstein, E.; Olson, D. M.; Graham, D. J.; Webster, A. L.; Primm, S. A.; Bookbinder, M. P.; Ledec, G. 1995. A conservation assesssment of the terrestrial ecoregions of Latin America and the Caribbean. World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Parker, T. A.; Stotz, D. F.; Fitzpatrick, J. W. 1996. Ecological and distributional databases. In: Stotz, D.F.; Fitzpatrick, J.W.; Parker, T.A.; Moskovits, D.K. (ed.), Neotropical bird ecology and conservation, pp. 113-436. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Ridgely, R. S.; Tudor, G. 1994. The birds of South America. University of Texas Press, Austin, Texas.

Stattersfield, A. J.; Crosby, M. J.; Long, A. J.; Wege, D. C. 1998. Endemic bird areas of the world: priorities for bird conservation. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.

Stotz, D. F.; Fitzpatrick, J. W.; Parker, T. A.; Moskovits, D. K. 1996. Neotropical birds: ecology and conservation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Whittaker, A.; Oren, D. C. 1999. Important ornithological records from the Rio Juruá, western Amazonia, including twelve additions to the Brazilian avifauna. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 119: 235-260.

Further web sources of information
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Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Taylor, J., Gilroy, J.

Champlin, P.

IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Grallaria eludens. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Formicariidae (Antthrushes and antpittas)
Species name author Lowery & O'Neill, 1969
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 384,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
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