Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Eastern Ornate Antwren (Epinecrophylla hoffmannsi)


French: Myrmidon de Hoffmanns German: Südamazonien-Ameisenschlüpfer Spanish: Hormiguerito adornado oriental

Myrmotherula ornata hoffmannsi


, 1906,

Itataituba, near Santarém, Brazil


Hitherto treated as conspecific with E. ornata, but differs from E. o. ornata and E. o. saturata in its (in female) lack of throat patch (3); smaller chestnut dorsal patch (2); buff vs white-spotted wing-coverts (1); and (in male) slightly longer bill (effect size 0.97, score 1); slightly shorter wings and tail (effect size –1.48, score 1); and weakly divergent song, involving spike-shaped introductory note (1) and largest frequency drop in trill (1)#R. Differs from E. o. meridionalis and E. o. atrogularis in (both sexes) its chestnut dorsal patch (3), (in female) lack of throat patch (3) and buff vs white-spotted wing-coverts (1), (only males measured) slightly longer bill (effect size 1.18, score 1) and slightly shorter tail (effect size –1.49, score 1), and same differences in song as above (2). Monotypic.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.

SE Amazonian Brazil E of R Madeira (in E Rondônia, W & N Mato Grosso, and Pará W of R Tocantins).

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 8·6–9·5 g. Compared to formerly conspecific E. ornata of nominate race, male is paler below, tinged yellowish-brown posteriorly, while female lacks throat... read more


Loudsong very similar to that of E. ornata and possibly is only easily differentiated... read more


Lowland tropical forest, principally terra firme, below 800 m. Replaces E.... read more

Food and feeding

Diet insects and spiders. Foraging behaviour probably largely identical to that of E. ornata, but no specific studies have been... read more


No information.


None recorded; presumed resident throughout range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common, but locally distributed throughout. Its large range includes several large protected areas, e.g. Tapajós National Park... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Eastern Ornate Antwren (Epinecrophylla hoffmannsi). 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 11 December 2019).