Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Blackish Antbird (Cercomacroides nigrescens)


French: Grisin noirâtre German: Schwarzgrau-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Hormiguero negruzco

Percnostola nigrescens

Cabanis and Heine

, 1860,

#R, Cayenne, French Guiana


Until recently treated as conspecific with C. fuscicauda (which see). Analysis indicates relative homogeneity of vocalizations among races#R. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. n. nigrescens (Cabanis & Heine, 1860) – Suriname (coastal region) and French Guiana; also N bank of R Amazon in Brazil (E Amazonas, Pará).
  • C. n. aequatorialis (J. T. Zimmer, 1931) – E Andean slopes from S Colombia (Nariño) S to NE Peru (Amazonas, San Martín).
  • C. n. notata (J. T. Zimmer, 1931) – E slopes in EC Peru (W Ucayali S to NW Cuzco).
  • C. n. approximans (Pelzeln, 1868) – SC Amazonian Brazil (from R Madeira E to R Tapajós, S to Rondônia and Mato Grosso W of R Teles Pires) and E Bolivia (E Beni, N Santa Cruz).
  • C. n. ochrogyna (E. Snethlage, 1928) – EC Amazonian Brazil (Pará E of R Tapajós and W of R Tocantins, Mato Grosso NE of R Teles Pires).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 14–25 g (appears to vary among races, females may weigh less). Male nominate race is blackish grey; interscapular patch and hidden patch under scapulars... read more


    Male loudsong nominate race a single low “wup” followed by short rattle of variable... read more


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

    Food and feeding

    Little published. Feeds on insects, probably also spiders. Closely associated pair-members, individuals, or family groups forage mostly 0... read more


    Nothing known; egg description reported from Suriname, but needs confirmation.


    None recorded; presumed resident throughout range.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally fairly common throughout most of its extensive range, which includes a number of large parks and reserves. None of the... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Blackish Antbird (Cercomacroides nigrescens). 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 24 February 2020).