Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Manu Antbird (Cercomacra manu)


French: Grisin du Manu German: Manuameisenfänger Spanish: Hormiguero del Manu

Cercomacra manu

Fitzpatrick and Willard

, 1990,

Shintuya, Madre de Dios, Peru


Recent comprehensive molecular analysis#R indicates that this species is sister to all other members of genus. Two-note song varies strongly between SE Peru/Acre (Brazil) and SE Amazon, suggesting that two taxa may be involved: in former area second note higher-pitched than first, and downslurred, while in latter it is frog-like and low-pitched, and pace a little slower. Monotypic.


Locally in S Amazonian Brazil (Acre, SW Amazonas, N Mato Grosso, S Pará, N Tocantins#R#R, C Maranhão#R), SE Peru (Madre de Dios and adjacent S Ucayali and E Cuzco) and NW Bolivia (Pando, La Paz).

Descriptive notes

14–15·5 cm; 16–20 g (female weighs less). Male is blackish, slightly greyer on flanks; outer scapulars edged white, in­terscapular patch and hidden patch... read more


Male loudsong a short buzzy note alternated with longer downslurred note, monotonously at... read more


Mid-storey of extensive stands of Guadua bamboo in evergreen lowland and foothill forests... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects, including lepidopteran larvae and orthopterans; probably also on spiders. Closely associated partners, individuals, or... read more


Little known. Nest found in Sept in Peru (Madre de Dios), and male carrying food to possible nest or young in Dec in Brazil (Acre). Single... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Appears to be fairly common throughout its range, although patchily distributed. In one study area in SE Peru, density recorded in upland bamboo was... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2019). Manu Antbird (Cercomacra manu). 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 7 December 2019).