Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Ferruginous Antbird (Drymophila ferruginea)


French: Grisin rouilleux German: Rostbauch-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí herrumbroso

Myothera ferruginea


, 1822,

vicinity of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Closely related to D. rubricollis (which see). Monotypic.


SE Brazil from SE Bahia S to NE Santa Catarina, extending inland to EC Minas Gerais and W São Paulo.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 9·5–11·5 g. Male has black crown, long white supercilium, broad black band through eye; lower side of head white, speckled black; upperparts reddish... read more


Male loudsong 2 rich notes with little space between, first note shorter, downslurred, more intense... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of bamboo thickets in evergreen forest, from sea-level to 1250 m,... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on various insects, including lepidopteran larvae and orthopterans; probably also on spiders. Closely associated... read more


Little known. Season Oct–Feb, based on observations of food-carrying adults, young following adults, and single described nest under... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common throughout much of its range. Range includes several large protected areas, e.g. Serra da Bocaína, Serra dos Órgãos and Itatiaia National... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Ferruginous Antbird (Drymophila ferruginea). 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).