Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Checker-throated Antwren (Epinecrophylla fulviventris)


French: Myrmidon fauve German: Tropfenkehl-Ameisenschlüpfer Spanish: Hormiguerito leonado

Myrmetherula [sic] fulviventris


, 1862,

Lion Hill, Canal Zone, Panama


Although three subspecies, costaricensis (S Honduras to W Panama), salmoni (C Colombia) and viduata (NW Ecuador), have been described, their diagnosability and geographical ranges are uncertain; further study required. Monotypic.


Caribbean slope from extreme SE Honduras S to W Panama, thence both slopes E from Veraguas, and Colombia (Pacific slope, base of N end of Andes E to Santander, and Magdalena Valley S to Antioquia and Boyacá) and W Ecuador (S to El Oro).

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 8·5–11·5 g. Male has grey-brown crown and upperparts, reddish remiges and tail; wing-coverts blackish-brown, more olive-brown in Magdalena... read more


Loudsong a variable series of abrupt, countable, almost stacatto notes (e.g. 11 notes, 2·5... read more


Understorey of lowland and foothill evergreen forest and adjacent tall second-growth woodland;... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on various insects, particularly cockroaches (Blattidae), crickets (Gryllidae) and katydids (Tettigoniidae), and spiders. Forages as... read more


Mar–Aug in Costa Rica; in Panama, nests found in all months except Dec and Apr but concentrated in rainy season, and newly fledged... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout its range. This includes a number of protected areas, e.g. Braulio Carrillo National Park and La Selva Biological Reserve,... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Checker-throated Antwren (Epinecrophylla fulviventris). 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 26 February 2020).