Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


Bahia Antwren (Herpsilochmus pileatus)


French: Grisin à coiffe noire German: Weißbrauen-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí pileado

Myiothera pileata

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1823,

Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil


Considered to be part of a clade that includes H. atricapillus and H. motacilloides, both previously merged with present species, and H. parkeri. Sister to H. atricapillus, the two together being sister to the pair H. motacilloides and H. parkeri#R#R#R. Present species only recently separated taxonomically; name “H. pileatus” was long applied to H. sellowi, but studies in connection with taxonomic recognition of present species showed that the name was in fact applicable to the newly discovered form; a replacement scientific name for the long-known form was thus required and supplied (“H. sellowi”). Monotypic.


Coastal E Brazil in Bahia (S of Salvador to Trancoso area).

Descriptive notes

10·5–11 cm; two birds 8·5 g and 9·3 g. Male has black crown and nape, long white to pale grey supercilium, small blackish preocular spot, long blackish postocular... read more


Loudsong a series of 4–7 accelerating notes followed by evenly paced notes, pitch and... read more


Mid-storey and canopy of low-stature restinga woodland growing on sandy soils.

Food and feeding

Nothing published. Feeds on insects, probably also spiders. Closely associated pair-members, individuals, or family groups forage mostly... read more


Nothing known.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered Near Threatened. Restricted to a narrow band of restinga woodland and coastal forest in S Bahia, occurring only a short distance... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & de Juana, E. (2020). Bahia Antwren (Herpsilochmus pileatus). 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).