Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Northern Rufous-winged Antwren (Herpsilochmus scapularis)


French: Grisin de Wied German: Rotschwingen-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí alirrufo norteño

Myiothera scapularis


, 1831,



Hitherto treated as conspecific with H. rufimarginatus (which see). Vocal differences among races minor#R. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. s. exiguus Nelson, 1912 – E Panama (E Panamá Province, Darién), NW Colombia (Córdoba, Bolívar) and W Ecuador (Esmeraldas, S Pichincha, N Los Ríos).
  • H. s. frater P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1880 – N & S Colombia (base of E Andes in La Guajira, Boyacá, Meta, Putumayo) S to E Peru and N Bolivia (Pando and La Paz E to Santa Cruz), also N & S Venezuela (Zulia E to Monagas, and Bolívar and N Amazonas), extreme S Guyana, C Suriname#R, and extreme N & SC Amazonian Brazil (N Roraima, and from S Pará and W Maranhão SW to Rondônia and N Mato Grosso).
  • H. s. scapularis (Wied, 1831) – E Brazil (coastal Paraíba S to Alagoas, and in E Bahia, E Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo).
  • Descriptive notes

    10–12·5 cm; 10–12·5 g. Both sexes are very similar to those of the formerly conspecific H. rufimarginatus (which see), differing only very marginally in plumage, by... read more


    Loudsong of race exiguous short (e.g. 1·3 seconds) but complex, starts with flat,... read more


    Lowland and foothill forests and forest borders, to 1500 m (1600 m in NE Colombia); throughout... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little published, and much of following based on unpublished observations by authors of H. rufimarginatus account. Feeds on... read more


    Nothing known.


    None recorded; presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Considered to be fairly common to common throughout most of range. Only recently discovered in Guyana (1998) and Suriname (Jun 2003... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Northern Rufous-winged Antwren (Herpsilochmus scapularis). 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 18 February 2020).