Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Dusky-tailed Antbird (Drymophila malura)


French: Grisin malure German: Olivrücken-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí estriado oriental

Myothera malura


, 1825,

Ipanema, São Paulo, Brazil




SE Brazil (S Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro S to E & S Paraná, Santa Catarina and N Rio Grande do Sul), SE Paraguay (Alto Paraná, Caazapá, E Paraguarí, Itapúa) and NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

13·5–14·5 cm; 11–13 g. Male has head and neck streaked black and whitish-grey, upperparts olive-grey, inter­scapular patch white with black feather tips;... read more


Male loudsong a simple short (e.g. 2·3 seconds) series of abrupt emphatic notes that speed... read more


Understorey of lowland and foothill evergreen forest, forest edge, and second-growth woodland; to... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on insects, probably also spiders. Closely associated partners, individuals, or family groups forage mostly 0... read more


Little known. A nearly completed nest almost certainly of this species (the pair not actually seen on the nest) found in Sept in Brazil (... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common; somewhat more patchily distributed than other members of the genus. Has less specialized habitat requirements than congeners,... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Dusky-tailed Antbird (Drymophila malura). 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).