Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Ferruginous-backed Antbird (Myrmoderus ferrugineus)


French: Alapi à cravate noire German: Weißband-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero ferruginoso

Turdus ferrugineus

Statius Müller

, 1776,

Cayenne, French Guiana


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. f. ferrugineus (Statius Müller, 1776) – E Venezuela (E Bolívar E of R Caroní), the Guianas and NE Amazonian Brazil N of R Amazon (E of R Branco and R Negro).
  • M. f. elutus (Todd, 1927) – SC Amazonian Brazil S of R Amazon between lower R Madeira and lower R Tapajós S to R Roosevelt#R and upper R Marmelos#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 24–29 g. Male has crown, upperparts and flight-feathers chestnut, wing-coverts black, broadly tipped pale cinnamon-buff, tail rufous-brown; white stripe... read more


    Male loudsong 2 rapidly alternated notes (e.g. 6 pairs, 1·8 seconds), second one lower-... read more


    Floor of evergreen forest and adjacent mature second-growth woodland, to 550 m. Mostly in tall ... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little published. Feeds on insects and spiders; recorded prey in Surinam includes beetles (Cassidae), ants (Formicidae), grasshoppers (... read more


    Recorded in Sept–Mar in French Guiana, and nest found in Jun in Surinam; full-sized young bird following adult male in Feb in Brazil... read more


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout most of its range. Regions in which this species is found include some protected areas, e.g. Brownsberg Nature Park and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Ferruginous-backed Antbird (Myrmoderus ferrugineus). 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 20 February 2020).