Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Black-chinned Antbird (Hypocnemoides melanopogon)


French: Alapi à menton noir German: Nordamazonien-Ameisenschnäpper Spanish: Hormiguero barbinegro

Hypocnemis melanopogon

P. L. Sclater

, 1857,

Chamicuros, Loreto, Peru; error = Guyana


Closely related to H. maculicauda, but has no white interscapular patch (2); white tail tip much narrower (2); and loudsongs show constant differences across ranges, with present species much shorter (1.8–2.4 s vs 3.6–5.3s) and with fewer notes (10–19 vs 19–34) (3), ending without the long raspy notes given by H. maculicauda (3)#R. Birds from Colombia, Venezuela and NW Brazil sometimes separated as race occidentalis, but appear to intergrade with nominate, and better merged, pending further analysis. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. m. melanopogon (P. L. Sclater, 1857) – N of R Amazon in E Colombia (S from Meta and Vichada), NE Ecuador, NE Peru, E & S Venezuela (E Sucre, E Monagas, Bolívar, Amazonas), the Guianas, and Brazil N of R Amazon.
  • H. m. minor Gyldenstolpe, 1941 – SC Amazonian Brazil (drainages of lower R Purus and R Madeira, and near S bank of R Amazon between R Tapajós and R Tocantins).
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm; 12–16 g (male possibly heavier). Male has head and upper­parts dark grey, crown darkest, wings and tail blackish-grey, wing-coverts tipped white,... read more


    Loudsong a rising and falling series (e.g. 13 notes, 2 seconds) accelerating as notes become... read more


    Understorey of seasonally flooded evergreen forest (várzea, igapó), gallery... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little published. Feeds on variety of insects and spiders. Recorded prey items in Brazil include neuropterans (one 30 mm in length),... read more


    Nests found in Mar–Apr in French Guiana; recently fledged young observed in Jul in Peru (Loreto). Nest a suspended pouch 14–19... read more


    None recorded; presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout its range. Range encompasses several large protected areas, e.g. Yapacana, La Neblina and Duida National Parks and Alto... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Black-chinned Antbird (Hypocnemoides melanopogon). 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 25 February 2020).