Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


Grey-headed Antbird (Ampelornis griseiceps)


French: Alapi à tête grise German: Graukopf-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero cabecigrís

Myrmoderus griseiceps


, 1923,

Palambla, 4000 feet [c. 1220 m], Piura, Peru


One DNA study#R found this to be sister to the species now placed in Sipia. Monotypic.


Extreme SW Ecuador (El Oro, W Loja) and NW Peru (Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque and Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

12·5–13·5 cm; 15 g. Male has head and upper mantle grey, remaining upperparts olive-brown, white interscapular patch; remiges dark brownish-grey, edged pale brown, wing... read more


Presumed loudsong a moderate-length (e.g. 0·8 seconds) rattle dropping in pitch and... read more


Understorey of humid and semi-humid evergreen montane forest and ecotones with deciduous forest, at... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Feeds on insects, including stick-insects (Phasmatidae); probably also on other arthropods, including spiders. Partners,... read more


Virtually nothing known. Two juveniles collected in Jun, suggesting species may breed during wet season, Jan–May, when it is also... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Rare to locally uncommon. Total population thought to number only 2500–10,000 individuals, and... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Grey-headed Antbird (Ampelornis griseiceps). 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).