Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Amazonian Streaked Antwren (Myrmotherula multostriata)


Taxonomy

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

Myrmotherula multostriata

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

Río Ucayali, Peru

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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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56711 on 13 November 2018).