Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Black Antbird (Cercomacroides serva)


Taxonomy

French: Grisin noir German: Schwarzbrust-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Hormiguero negro
Taxonomy:

Pyriglena serva

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

Río Napo, Ecuador

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Recent comprehensive molecular study#R found this species to be closest to C. tyrannina. Birds from C Peru and W Brazil S to Bolivia previously separated as race hypomelaena, but appear to represent S end of a cline of decreasing plumage darkness. Monotypic.

Distribution:

E of Andes from S Colombia (Putumayo), Ecuador, Peru and SW Amazonian Brazil (E to lower R Juruá, lower R Purus and upper R Madeira) S to NW Bolivia (Pando, La Paz).

Descriptive notes

13·5–14·5 cm; 15–17 g. Male is blackish to dark grey (darkest in N); interscapular patch and hidden patch under scapulars white; flight-feathers edged grey, wing-... read more

Voice

Male loudsong a series of 4–7 countable (e.g. 4 notes, 1·5 seconds) sharp notes rising... read more

Habitat

Understorey of humid evergreen-forest borders (terra firme, transitional, várzea... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on variety of insects, including orthopterans and homopterans (Cicadidae); probably also on spiders. Closely... read more

Breeding

Four nests found in SE Peru contained eggs or nestlings in Sep–Dec; nest, a pensile hanging cup, much higher at the back that at the... read more

Movements

Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon throughout most of its range. Regions occupied by this species include a number of large protected areas, e.g. Yasuní National Park, in... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & de Juana, E. (2018). Black Antbird (Cercomacroides serva). 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/56790 on 19 November 2018).