Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Humaita Antbird (Myrmelastes humaythae)


French: Alapi d’Humaita German: Olivscheitel-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero de Humaitá

Sclateria schistacea humaythæ


, 1907,

Humaitá, Rio Madeira, Brazil


See M. schistaceus. Until recently considered conspecific with M. leucostigma (which see). Differs from latter in its much lower (3), richer-toned (2) loudsong; female with brown vs grey head (3); and parapatric distribution with M. l. subplumbeus (3); and from M. rufifacies and M. brunneiceps in characters given under those species. Monotypic.


SW & C Amazonian Brazil (lower R Japurá E to lower R Negro and, S of R Amazon, E to R Madeira) and extreme N Bolivia (Pando).

Descriptive notes

14–16 cm. A typical member of the M. leucostigma species complex; compared to most other taxa, adult male is paler throughout, with crown and upperparts tinged olive... read more


Loudsong similar to that of formerly conspecific M. leucostigma, but is lower-pitched,... read more


Understorey and floor of humid, lowland evergreen forest; usually associated with dense understorey... read more

Food and feeding

No dietary data available. Little information published, but most facets of its foraging behaviour and ecology are probably very similar,... read more


No information.


None recorded; presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon throughout most of its range, e.g. known from comparatively few localities (c. 4) in Bolivia, although see also M.... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Humaita Antbird (Myrmelastes humaythae). 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 25 February 2020).