Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Black-and-white Antbird (Myrmochanes hemileucus)


French: Myrmidon noir et blanc German: Flussufer-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero negriblanco

Hypocnemis hemileuca

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1866,

lower Ucayali, Peru


Relationships uncertain. Monotypic.


Along main rivers and their major white-water tributaries in NE Ecuador (R Napo), Peru (R Napo, R Ucayali, R Marañón), W Brazil (R Solimões, R Madeira) and N Bolivia (R Beni).

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 12–13 g. Male has crown, head side, upperparts, wings and graduated tail black, hint of white loral spot, wide white interscapular patch extending to... read more


Presumed loudsong a short, variable, slightly accelerating series (e.g. 8–11 notes, 0·... read more


Understorey of early and middle-stage successional growth, primarily Tessaria scrub and... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on insects, including lepidopteran larvae, hemipterans, orthopterans and beetles; probably also on spiders. Closely... read more


Nothing known.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common in appropriate habitat throughout its range. With its linear and somewhat fragmented distribution, and its restriction to successional... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Black-and-white Antbird (Myrmochanes hemileucus). 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).