Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Brownish-headed Antbird (Myrmelastes brunneiceps)


French: Alapi à tête brune German: Grauameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero de Carabaya

Schistocichla leucostigma brunneiceps

J. T. Zimmer

, 1931,

Chaquimayo, 3000 feet [c. 915 m], Andes of Carabaya, Peru


See M. schistaceus. Until recently considered conspecific with M. leucostigma (which see). Differs from latter in its higher-pitched (2) and slower (2) loudsong, with fewer total notes; and female with head brown vs grey (3); from M. rufifacies in characters given under that species; and from M. humaythae in its much higher-pitched (3) and many fewer-noted (3) loudsong, also descending at end rather than even-pitched; and plumage darker in both sexes#R (1). Monotypic.

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S Peru (Cuzco, W Madre de Dios, Puno) and extreme WC Bolivia (WC La Paz).

Descriptive notes

14–16 cm. A typical member of the M. leucostigma species complex; compared to most other taxa, being slightly less dark than M. l. intensus and female has... read more


Loudsong is a rapid, accelerating series of high-pitched, ringing notes, rendered “tee, tee-ti-ti-... read more


Inhabits understorey and floor of humid, lowland, foothill and montane evergreen forest; in... read more

Food and feeding

No dietary data available. Little information published, but most facets of its foraging behaviour and ecology are probably very similar,... read more


Published photographs from SE Peru (without details) of the nest and eggs suggest that the former is much closer in structure to nests... read more


None recorded; presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon throughout most of its range, which includes several protected areas, including Manu National Park, in Peru, and Madidi... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Brownish-headed Antbird (Myrmelastes brunneiceps). 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).