Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


Klages's Antwren (Myrmotherula klagesi)


French: Myrmidon de Klages German: Rio-Negro-Ameisenschlüpfer Spanish: Hormiguerito de Klages

Myrmotherula klagesi


, 1927,

Santarém, Pará, Brazil


Member of the “streaked antwren assemblage” (see M. brachyura). Vocalizations suggest that this and M. longicauda are sister-species. Monotypic.


C Amazonian Brazil on lower R Branco, lower R Negro and E along R Amazon, including lower R Madeira, to mouth of R Tapajós.

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 7·5–8·5 g. Male is black above, streaked white, wing-coverts tipped white, flight-feathers edged white, tail (only 10 feathers) edged and... read more


Loudsong a series of paired notes, second note shorter and almost always higher-pitched than first... read more


Canopy and subcanopy of seasonally flooded (igapó and várzea)... read more

Food and feeding

Nothing published. Feeds on lepidopteran larvae, various small orthopterans, mantids, true bugs (Hemiptera) and other insects; also spiders... read more


Nothing known.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Amazon Flooded Forests EBA. The species is fairly common to common throughout much of the extensive river-island system that... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Klages's Antwren (Myrmotherula klagesi). 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).