Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


Ash-throated Antwren (Herpsilochmus parkeri)


French: Grisin de Parker German: Graukehl-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí de Parker

Herpsilochmus parkeri

Davis and O’Neill

, 1986,

15 km north-east of Jirillo, San Martín, Peru


Considered to be part of clade centred on H. pileatus (which see). Closest to H. motacilloides, the two being sister to the pair H. pileatus and H. atricapillus#R#R#R. An apparently undescribed antwren species from SE Peru (Puno), first discovered in 2004 in Huari Huari Valley, near town of Masiapo, and in subsequent years found at several other sites in region, most closely resembles present species in plumage and natural history#R; yet to be formally described. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes in NC Peru (Mayo Valley in N San Martín).

Descriptive notes

11·5–12·5 cm. Male has black crown and nape, forehead with a few light feather tips, long white to pale grey super­cilium, black lores and long postocular streak;... read more


Loudsong 1–3 short notes followed by rapid descending series (e.g. 21 notes, 2 seconds) of... read more


Canopy and subcanopy of montane evergreen forest bordering savanna, at elevations of 1250–... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Stomachs of five specimens contained variety of insects, primarily beetles (including Curculionidae, Coccinellidae),... read more


Virtually unknown. Birds with reduced gonads and worn plumage in Oct–Nov, suggesting that breeding just completed and post-breeding... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Andean Ridge-top Forests EBA. To date, known only from the low mountain range N of Moyobamba Valley (upper R Mayo), in San... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Ash-throated Antwren (Herpsilochmus parkeri). 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 24 February 2020).