Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Near Threatened

Brown-bellied Antwren (Epinecrophylla gutturalis)


French: Myrmidon à ventre brun German: Braunbauch-Ameisenschlüpfer Spanish: Hormiguerito ventripardo

Myrmotherula gutturalis

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1881,

Bartica, Guyana




E Venezuela (Bolívar E of R Caroní), the Guianas and NE Amazonian Brazil (E of R Branco and lower R Negro, N of R Amazon).

Descriptive notes

9·5–10·5 cm; 7·5–9·5 g. Male is olive-brown above, wing-coverts darker with small white (sometimes pink-tinged) tips; throat black, spotted white; head side,... read more


Loudsong a very rapid, high-pitched, musical trill of abrupt notes initially ascending sharply in... read more


Understorey of lowland and foothill evergreen forest (terra firme), to 1000 m, mostly... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on variety of insects and arachnids; stomach contents of Surinam specimens included beetles (Coleoptera),... read more


Not well known. Nests in French Guiana in Feb–Mar, Jun and Aug–Dec; in Brazil (near Manaus), nest found in May and young... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout its range. The region occupied by this species contains a number of protected areas, examples of which are Imataca Forest... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Brown-bellied Antwren (Epinecrophylla gutturalis). 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 23 January 2020).