Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Black-capped Antwren (Herpsilochmus atricapillus)


French: Grisin mitré German: Schwarzscheitel-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí plomizo

Herpsilochmus atricapillus


, 1868,

Porto do Rio Paraná (probably = União), São Paulo, Brazil


Until recently treated as conspecific with H. sellowi and H. pileatus (which see). No races described, although plumage and vocal variations exist across its extensive range; further research required. Monotypic.


SC & E Brazil (Maranhão and Rio Grande do Norte S to Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, extreme W Paraná and São Paulo), SE Bolivia (from Santa Cruz S along base of Andes), extreme NW Argentina (Jujuy, Salta) and N & E Paraguay (E of R Paraguay).

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 8–11 g. Both sexes vary in darkness and colour intensity of plumage. Male has black crown and nape, forehead with a few light feather tips, long white... read more


Loudsong 1–2 (rarely 3) distinct notes leading into rapid series (e.g. 24 notes, 2·3... read more


Middle and upper strata of deciduous, semi-deciduous and evergreen forest, also gallery forest,... read more

Food and feeding

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


Nothing recorded. Family groups with juveniles fed by adults observed in Jan–Feb in Brazil (Ceará and Bahia).


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common throughout most of its range. Considered to be of medium sensitivity to human disturbance. Range includes several protected... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Black-capped Antwren (Herpsilochmus atricapillus). 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).