Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


Band-tailed Antwren (Myrmotherula urosticta)


French: Myrmidon à queue blanche German: Schwarzbinden-Ameisenschlüpfer Spanish: Hormiguerito atlántico

Formicivora urosticta

P. L. Sclater

, 1857,

eastern Brazil


Appears closest to M. longipennis; the two are often grouped with similarly plumaged species in the “grey antwren assemblage” (see M. axillaris). Monotypic.


Coastal E Brazil locally from C Bahia S to N Rio de Janeiro.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm. Male is grey, paler below, concealed white interscapular patch; tail darker with white band at tip, wing-coverts black, tipped white, throat and upper breast... read more


Loudsong a deliberate series (e.g. 8 notes, 5·8 seconds) resembling that of race garbei... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of lowland evergreen forest, to c. 500 m. Seemingly more common in... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on insects, probably also spiders. Closely associated pair-members, individuals, or family groups forage mostly 3... read more


Nothing known.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously listed as Endangered. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Uncommon and local, with patchy distribution, within its very... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & de Juana, E. (2020). Band-tailed Antwren (Myrmotherula urosticta). 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).