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Chestnut Antpitta Grallaria blakei
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This species has a small range, and numbers are likely to be declining as a result of continuing habitat loss. However, the range is not yet severely fragmented or restricted to few locations. For these reasons, the species is classified as Near Threatened.

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

Distribution and population
Grallaria blakei is very patchily distributed in the Andes of north and central Peru where it is generally uncommon (Ridgely and Tudor 1994). Disjunct populations occur in San Martín, Amazonas, Huánuco and Pasco (Ridgely and Tudor 1994, Hornbuckle 1999b).

Population justification
The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'uncommon' (Stotz et al. 1996).

Trend justification
A moderate and on-going population decline is suspected to be occurring, as habitats within this species's range continue to be destroyed and degraded at a rapid rate.

It inhabits montane forest and secondary woodland, generally on or near the ground, preferring areas with a dense bamboo understorey (Ridgely and Tudor 1994). Although largely recorded in a very narrow altitudinal band, 2,150-2,475 m (Ridgely and Tudor 1994), it occurs at 1,850 m in the Cordillera de Colán (Davies et al. 1997) and was recently recorded at 2,400-2,900 m at Abra Patricia, San Martín (D. Lane in litt. 2002).

It is primarily threatened by habitat destruction. In the Cordillera de Colán, deforestation is proceeding at an alarming rate, with most forest in this area already cleared, and what remains rapidly being converted to cash crops, particularly marijuana and coffee (Davies et al. 1997).

Conservation Actions Underway
Conservation Actions Proposed
Conduct surveys of suitable habitats within and surrounding the known range to determine its true distribution and abundance. Ensure that remaining tracts of suitable habitat receive adequate protection.

Davies, C. W. N.; Barnes, R.; Butchart, S. H. M.; Fernandez, M.; Seddon, N. 1997. The conservation status of birds on the Cordillera de Colán, Peru. Bird Conservation International 7: 181-195.

Hornbuckle, J. 1999. The birds of Abra Patricia and the upper río Mayo, San Martín, north Peru. Cotinga 12: 11-28.

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

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

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

Lane, D.

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

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Grallaria blakei. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016.

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 Near Threatened
Family Formicariidae (Antthrushes and antpittas)
Species name author Graves, 1987
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 11,800 km2
Country endemic? Yes
Links to further information
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