Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Black-and-white Antbird (Myrmochanes hemileucus)


Taxonomy

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

Hypocnemis hemileuca

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1866,

lower Ucayali, Peru

.

Relationships uncertain. Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

Nothing known.

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56810 on 16 December 2018).