Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Northern Rufous-winged Antwren (Herpsilochmus scapularis)


Taxonomy

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

Myiothera scapularis

Wied

, 1831,

Bahia

.

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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

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    Little published, and much of following based on unpublished observations by authors of H. rufimarginatus account.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

    Breeding

    Nothing known.

    Movements

    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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/1343587 on 18 October 2018).