Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Goeldi's Antbird (Akletos goeldii)


French: Alapi de Goeldi German: Goeldiameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero de Goeldi

Myrmelastes goeldii

E. Snethlage

, 1908,

Bom Lugar and Porto Alegre, Amazonas, Brazil


See A. melanoceps. Monotypic.


SW Amazonian Brazil (S Acre and adjacent SW Amazonas), SE Peru (S Ucayali, E Cuzco, Madre de Dios) and NW Bolivia (Pando, N La Paz).

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 42 g. Interscapular patch white; bare periorbital area narrow, bluish-grey. Male has black plumage; iris red. Female has anterior crown, lores and side of head... read more


Loudsong a series (e.g. 12 notes, 3·4 seconds) beginning with 3 soft, rapidly delivered... read more


Understorey and floor of evergreen forest (várzea, transitional) and river-edge forest,... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on insects, probably also other arthropods, including spiders. Closely associated pair-members, individuals, or... read more


Aug–Nov in SE Peru; male carrying nesting material on 11th Dec in Brazil. Nest a cup of dried leaves and twigs c. 18 cm in diameter,... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-east Peruvian Lowlands EBA. Fairly common throughout its range. Range encompasses some large protected... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Goeldi's Antbird (Akletos goeldii). 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).