Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Jameson's Antpecker (Parmoptila jamesoni)


French: Parmoptile de Jameson German: Kongoameisenpicker Spanish: Estrilda piquifina de Jameson

Pholidornis jamesoni


, 1890,

Yambuya, Aruwimi River, DRCongo


Sometimes treated as conspecific with P. rubrifrons or, less often, with both that and P. woodhousei; N part of range closely approaches that of P. woodhousei, but the two are not known to be locally sympatric. Monotypic.


W, NC & NE DRCongo, W Uganda (Albertine Rift) and extreme NW Tanzania (Minziro Forest).

Descriptive notes

11 cm; one male 9·5 g. Male has forehead red, face unmarked bright rufous, crown and upperparts dark greyish olive-brown, upperwing and tail brown; underparts... read more


Few details; "whseet" call recorded.


Moist forest along rivers, logged forest, border of forest swamps, gallery forest, scrub along... read more

Food and feeding

Small insects, e.g. ants (Formicidae) and small beetles (Coleoptera), including larvae and pupae; also small seeds. Of stomachs of nine... read more


Few data. In DRCongo, birds in breeding condition in Feb, May and Sept in Ituri, and in Itombwe breeding Oct–May and juveniles... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common. Frequent to common in DRCongo, where main populations in NE from Ituri and Itombwe S to Kivu; common at 880–1600... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2019). Jameson's Antpecker (Parmoptila jamesoni). 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 10 December 2019).