Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Eastern Stipple-throated Antwren (Epinecrophylla amazonica)


French: Myrmidon du Madeira German: Amazonasameisenschlüpfer Spanish: Hormiguerito dorsirrojo oriental

Myrmotherula pyrrhonota amazonica

H. von Ihering

, 1905,

Rio Juruá, Brazil


Until recently considered conspecific with E. haematonota, but differs markedly in its loudsong#R, with longer note length (3) and slower pace (3), also with (in female) throat more ochraceous (1) and breast and belly more greyish-brown (1). Recently established taxon dentei, although described as a species#R, is similar vocally (or may appear intermediate between nominate and E. haematonota but is not intermediate geographically) and close genetically. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. a. amazonica (H. von Ihering, 1905) – Madeira Stipple-throated Antwren – SC Amazonian Brazil (both banks of R Juruá E to W bank of R Madeira) and N Bolivia (Pando).
  • E. a. dentei Whitney et al., 2013 – Roosevelt Stipple-throated Antwren – E bank of R Madeira in the Aripuanã-Machado interfluvium (S Amazonas, NW Mato Grosso, NE Rondônia).
  • Descriptive notes

    10–11 cm; 8·7–9 g. Male has dark yellowish-brown crown, mottled paler on ear-coverts, becoming slightly redder on nape, but still contrasting with dark red mantle and... read more


    Loudsong diagnostically different from that of previously conspecific E. haematomata,... read more


    Generally occurs in extreme lowland terra firme forest, but replaces E. leucophthalma... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on insects and spiders. Analysis of stomach contents of 16 specimens from Bolivia (nominate) revealed that commonest prey were... read more


    No information.


    None known; presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Very little specific information, but species generally appears to be fairly common across relatively large distribution and is known... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Eastern Stipple-throated Antwren (Epinecrophylla amazonica). 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).