Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


Bananal Antbird (Cercomacra ferdinandi)


French: Grisin de Bananal German: Bananalameisenfänger Spanish: Hormiguero de Bananal

Cercomacra ferdinandi

E. Snethlage

, 1928,

Furo de Pedra, Ilha do Bananal, Goiás [= Tocantins], Brazil


See C. melanaria. Monotypic.


C Brazil on both banks of R Araguaia and R Tocantins and along smaller tributaries#R from at least São Pedro da Água Branca#R S to Novo Santo Antônio#R (Maranhão, Pará, Tocantins and Mato Grosso).

Descriptive notes

16 cm; 1 individual 15 g. Male is black, outer scapulars edged white, interscapular patch and hidden patch under scapulars white, wing-coverts edged white at tips, inner... read more


Male loudsong harsh, unmusical, staccato, 2 notes given so rapidly as may sound like a single note... read more


Mid-storey vine tangles and associated undergrowth of lowland riverine (gallery) forest and... read more

Food and feeding

Almost nothing published. Feeds on variety of insects, including orthopterans (Tettigoniidae, Acrididae) and lepidopteran larvae; probably... read more


Almost nothing known. Juvenile closely following and being fed by parents in late Aug.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Formerly considered not globally threatened. Status poorly known; apparently fairly common within its highly restricted range. Much of area occupied by this... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Bananal Antbird (Cercomacra ferdinandi). 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 26 February 2020).