Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Near Threatened

Creamy-bellied Antwren (Herpsilochmus motacilloides)


French: Grisin motacilloïde German: Fahlbauch-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí motaciloide

Herpsilochmus motacilloides


, 1874,

Maraynioc, Junín, Peru


Formerly treated as a race of H. pileatus (which see). Closest to H. parkeri, the two being sister to the pair H. pileatus and H. atricapillus#R#R#R. Monotypic.


E slope of Andes in Peru (Huánuco S to Cuzco).

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 1 bird 12·5 g. Male has black crown and nape, forehead with a few light feather tips, long white to pale grey supercilium, black lores and long postocular... read more


Loudsong 1–3 long flat notes followed by rapid series (e.g. 22 notes, 1·7 seconds) of... read more


Canopy and subcanopy of humid, montane evergreen forest and forest borders, at elevations of 1000... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Presumed to feed on various insects, probably also spiders. Closely associated pair-members, individuals, or family groups... read more


Nothing known.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Peruvian East Andean Foothills EBA. Fairly common but patchily distributed within its tiny range. Major threat... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Creamy-bellied Antwren (Herpsilochmus motacilloides). 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 28 January 2020).