Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-crested Antbird (Rhegmatorhina cristata)


French: Fourmilier à huppe marron German: Rostbauch-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero cresticastaño

Pithys cristata


, 1868,

Rio Uaupés, Amazonas, Brazil




SE Colombia (Vaupés, E Caquetá, N Amazonas) and adjacent W Brazil (E along R Uaupés and S, W of R Negro, to Jaú and lower R Japurá).

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm. Large periorbital patch pale bluish-white; short crest. Male has crest and nuchal collar rufous-chestnut; upperparts, wings and tail dark olive-brown, wings... read more


Loudsong a series of whistles, length variable (e.g. 7–9 notes, 3·5–4 seconds),... read more


Undergrowth of humid lowland evergreen forest, generally, perhaps always, on sandy soils; to 350 m. read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on variety of arthropods, virtually all obtained when flushed by army-ant swarms. Recorded prey include crickets (Gryllidae),... read more


Almost nothing known. Male in breeding condition on 16th May in Colombia (Mitú); family groups with independent juveniles in mid-Aug... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Orinoco-Negro White-sand Forests EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Has small range, but this currently... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Chestnut-crested Antbird (Rhegmatorhina cristata). 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).