Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Cherrie's Antwren (Myrmotherula cherriei)


French: Myrmidon de Cherrie German: Weißstreifen-Ameisenschlüpfer Spanish: Hormiguerito de Cherrie

Myrmotherula cherriei

Berlepsch and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1902,

Puerto Ayacucho, Amazonas, Venezuela


Member of the “streaked antwren assemblage” (see M. brachyura). Appears to be most closely related to M. pacifica, differences from which include female’s paler and well-streaked forehead and underside, male’s black lower mandible, and voice (e.g. loudsong evenly paced, not accelerating)#R. Monotypic.


SE Colombia (Vichada and Meta to Vaupés), SW Venezuela (Amazonas) and NW Brazil (R Negro and lower R Branco drainages); also locally in NE Peru (along R Tigre and R Nanay, Loreto)#R.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 7·5–9 g. Male is black above, streaked white, wing-coverts tipped white, flight-feathers edged white, white interscapular patch, tail feathers edged and... read more


Loudsong an unmusical rattle, similar to that of M. surinamensis and M. multostriata... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of stunted, poorly drained woodland on white-sand soils; to 550 m, one... read more

Food and feeding

Not well known. Feeds on variety of small insects, particularly small lepidopteran larvae; also spiders. Forages as closely associated pair... read more


Little known. Nest found in Brazil (Jaú) in Sept (details previously unpublished): described as a pendent bag or cup c. 6 cm deep... read more


None recorded; presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally fairly common, although patchily distributed throughout its range. Some large protected areas exist within its range, e.g.... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & de Juana, E. (2020). Cherrie's Antwren (Myrmotherula cherriei). 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 21 February 2020).