Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Ash-winged Antwren (Euchrepomis spodioptila)


French: Grisin spodioptile German: Rotrücken-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí piojito

Terenura spodioptila

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1881,

Bartica Grove, Guyana


Race meridionalis poorly known. Proposed form elaopteryx (French Guiana and adjacent NE Brazil) indistinguishable from nominate. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. s. signata (J. T. Zimmer, 1932) – SE Colombia (Caquetá, Guainía), extreme NE Ecuador (Sucumbíos N of R Aguarico), NE Peru (Loreto N of R Napo) and NW Amazonian Brazil (upper R Negro region).
  • E. s. spodioptila (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1881) – S Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar), the Guianas and NE Amazonian Brazil (Roraima, lower R Negro region, N Pará, Amapá).
  • E. s. meridionalis (E. Snethlage, 1925) – SC Amazonian Brazil between lower R Madeira and lower R Tapajós.
  • Descriptive notes

    9·5–10·5 cm; 6·5–7·5 g. Male nominate race has black crown and nape, whitish supercilium, thin dark line through eye; upper mantle grey, remainder of upperparts... read more


    Loudsong of nominate race and of signata (in upper R Negro) a long introductory note... read more


    Canopy and subcanopy of lowland evergreen forest; mostly below 600 m, to 1100 m in Venezuelan... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little published. Feeds on variety of insects and spiders; recorded food in Surinam includes ants (Formicidae), hemipterans, homopterans (... read more


    Almost nothing known. In Brazil, fledgling begging and flitting in understorey with food-carrying female nearby in Dec (Manaus), and pair... read more


    None recorded; presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout its range; easily overlooked. Range encompasses a number of large protected areas, e.g. Canaíma, Duida, La Neblina and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Ash-winged Antwren (Euchrepomis spodioptila). 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 January 2020).