ant·​pit·​ta ¦ant-¦pi-tə How to pronounce antpitta (audio)
plural antpittas
: any of various small to medium-sized chiefly Central and South American forest birds (family Grallariidae) that have a very short tail and loud, low-pitched song and usually live on or near the ground

Note: Antpittas have been placed especially formerly in the family Formicariidae.

The "tailless," rarely viewed, robin-sized antpittas are best known by their haunting whistles.Frank B. Gill and Robert S. Ridgely, Bird Watcher's Digest, August 1993

Word History


ant entry 1 + pitta

First Known Use

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antpitta was circa 1911

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“Antpitta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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