Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Near Threatened

Magdalena Antbird (Sipia palliata)


French: Alapi du Magdalena German: Magdalenaameisenvogel Spanish: Homiguero guardarribera oriental

Myrmeciza læmosticta palliata


, 1917,

La Palmita, Santander, Colombia


Until recently considered conspecific with S. laemosticta, but both mtDNA and vocal evidence are against this#R. Differs from S. laemosticta in black of throat not extending patchily to chest (1); paler, greyer vs darker, bluish-slate grey on head and underparts (1); olive-brown vs chestnut on mantle, wings and tail (2); more prominent wing-spots (ns[1]); song of longer duration (from published data#R effect size 3.1, score 2) and slower pace (effect size 5.2, score 3)#R. Proposed races bolivari (C Colombia) and venezuelae (Venezuela) are synonyms of palliata. Monotypic.

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N & NC Colombia (N slope of Andes from Cesar S to Córdoba and S in Magdalena Valley to Caldas) and NW Venezuela (W Zulia, Táchira, Mérida).

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm. Adult male has head and neck-sides slaty, upper back and wings brown except white interscapular patch (usually concealed), lower back, rump and tail chestnut, wing-... read more


Male loudsong differs from that of formerly conspecific S. laemosticta in overall pace,... read more


Understorey and floor of wet evergreen forest up to 1100 m; primarily in foothills, rarer in... read more

Food and feeding

Almost nothing published. Diet presumably very similar to that of S. laemosticta. Largely terrestrial. Pair-members, individuals,... read more


Very little known. Single nest found in Mar in Colombia, a thin cup low in a Piper shrub (no indication of whether suspended or... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Generally uncommon and patchily distributed throughout rather limited range. Considered to be of high... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Magdalena Antbird (Sipia palliata). 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).