Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Grey-bellied Antbird (Ammonastes pelzelni)


French: Alapi à ventre gris German: Tüpfelwangen-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero ventrigrís

Myrmeciza pelzelni

P. L. Sclater

, 1890,

Marabitanas, Rio Negro, Brazil




E Colombia (C Caquetá, E Vaupés, SE Guainía), S Venezuela (SW Amazonas) and extreme NW Brazil (upper R Negro region).

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 17–18·5 g. Male has forehead and forecrown dark greyish-brown, upperparts yellowish red-brown; wings and tail dark reddish-brown, wing-coverts blackish... read more


Loudsong a series (e.g. 15 notes, 4·4 seconds) of relatively high-pitched (e.g. 5 kHz)... read more


Understorey and floor of various types of lowland evergreen forest on predominantly white-sand... read more

Food and feeding

Nothing published. Feeds on variety of insects, including crickets (Gryllidae) and grasshoppers (Acrididae); also on spiders. Closely... read more


Almost nothing known. In Venezuela (Cerro de la Neblina), gonads of a male moderately developed and those of a female small in Feb; in... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Orinoco-Negro White-sand Forests EBA. For long was known only from old specimens, and only recently rediscovered... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Grey-bellied Antbird (Ammonastes pelzelni). 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).