Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Amazonian Streaked Antwren (Myrmotherula multostriata)


French: Myrmidon strié German: Amazonien-Strichelameisenschlüpfer Spanish: Hormiguerito amazónico

Myrmotherula multostriata

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

Río Ucayali, Peru


Member of the “streaked antwren assemblage” (see M. brachyura). Considered a sister-species of M. surinamensis, and until recently treated as conspecific with that and with M. pacifica, but vocal and plumage characters indicate three separate species#R. Differs from M. surinamensis mainly in female plumage (e.g. thin malar stripe, extensive thin streaking below) and in voice (e.g. no rattle call). Monotypic.


Locally in SE Colombia, S Venezuela (extreme W Amazonas), and from E Ecuador and NE & E Peru E across C Brazil (E to W Maranhão and N Tocantins, extending N of R Amazon only in area W of lower R Negro and also NE of Manaus) and S to Mato Grosso and NW & NE Bolivia.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 7·5–9 g. Male is black above, streaked white, wing-coverts tipped white, flight-feathers edged white, broad white interscapular patch, tail edged and... read more


Loudsong an unmusical rattle or trill, first rising in intensity and pitch and then slowing... read more


Understorey and mid-storey at edges of seasonally flooded lowland evergreen forest (várzea... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on small insects, especially small lepidopteran larvae, and spiders. Pairs or individuals forage mostly 1–15... read more


Jul–Dec in Amazonian Brazil; nest records from Colombia in Jul and Bolivia (Pando) in Jun. Nest described as a small cup or pouch of... read more


None recorded; presumed resident throughout range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout most of its extensive range. This encompasses vast areas of intact habitat, including several large, protected areas, e.g.... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Amazonian Streaked Antwren (Myrmotherula multostriata). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 27 February 2020).