Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


Guianan Streaked Antwren (Myrmotherula surinamensis)


French: Myrmidon du Suriname German: Guayana-Strichelameisenschlüpfer Spanish: Hormiguerito de Surinam

Sitta surinamensis

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,



Member of the “streaked antwren assemblage” (see M. brachyura). Until recently was treated as conspecific with M. multostriata and M. pacifica, but vocal and plumage characters indicate that all three are separate species#R. Monotypic.


S Venezuela (S Delta Amacuro, Bolívar, Amazonas), extreme E Colombia (E Guainía)#R, the Guianas and N Brazil (R Branco and N of Amazon E to Amapá).

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 7·5–9 g. Male has crown and upperparts black, streaked white; wing-coverts tipped white, flight-feathers edged white; white interscapular patch... read more


Loudsong a rattle or trill of unmusical notes, initially rises in intensity and pitch and then... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of lowland evergreen-forest edge and shrubby second growth, to 450 m.... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds mostly on small insects, particularly small lepidopteran larvae, and spiders; stomach contents of Surinam specimens... read more


Little known. Four nests in French Guiana in Aug–Oct (previously unpublished data); pair of adults with two fledglings just out of... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Uncommon to fairly common throughout most of its range, the bulk of which has minimal infrastructure and has suffered little from development and human... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Guianan Streaked Antwren (Myrmotherula surinamensis). 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 27 May 2019).