Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Lunulated Antbird (Oneillornis lunulatus)


French: Fourmilier lunulé German: Schwarzschwanz-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero lunulado

Pithys lunulata

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1873,

Sarayacu, Loreto, Peru


Has been treated as conspecific with O. salvini. Monotypic.


E Ecuador (Sucumbíos, Orellana, Pastaza, Morona-Santiago) and N & C Peru (W of R Napo and R Ucayali).

Descriptive notes

13–13·5 cm; 22–26 g. Male is mostly grey, except for white supercilium, anterior ear-coverts, chin and throat; tail blackish-grey. Differs from similar O.... read more


Loudsong a series (e.g. 12 notes, 3·3 seconds) in which unmusical “chip” notes... read more


Understorey of humid evergreen forest, primarily in seasonally flooded várzea and adjacent... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on a variety of arthropods. Recorded prey include crickets (Gryllidae), cockroaches (Blattidae), ant larvae (Formicidae), spiders.... read more


Little known. In Peru (Yarinacocha), fledglings common in late Dec and early Jan, season speculated as approximately Oct–Apr on basis... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare to uncommon throughout most of its small range. Occurs in a number of privately protected areas centred on ecotourist lodges and... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Lunulated Antbird (Oneillornis lunulatus). 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 24 February 2020).