Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Northern Wing-banded Antbird (Myrmornis stictoptera)


French: Palicour du Nicaragua German: Flügelbinden-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero alifranjeado norteño

Rhopoterpe stictoptera


, 1893,

Santo Domingo, Nicaragua


Hitherto treated as conspecific with M. torquata, although long suspected to be specifically distinct#R#R; differs in its darker overall coloration, affecting all colours (notably deeper rufous, more chestnut on throat, breast and vent, richer buff wing markings, darker brown crown, darker grey belly) (2); reduced or absent white-scaled pattern on neck sides and mid-breast, with undersides plainer (2); less extensive black (male) and rufous (female) on throat and breast (1); pale margins of wing markings broader, more emphatic, making wingband much more obvious (ns[1]); marginally longer bill (effect size 1, score 1); shorter tail (effect size −1.84, score 1); minor differences in song, with highest number of notes (1) and highest frequency (1)#R. Monotypic.

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Locally in SE Honduras#R, NE & SE Nicaragua#R#R, E Panama (E from Canal region) and extreme NW Colombia (Chocó, Córdoba, S Bolívar, W Boyacá).

Descriptive notes

14–15·5 cm; 41–49·6 g. Adult male has chocolate-brown crown and hindneck narrowly marked with rufous shaft-streaks, mantle, scapulars and rump greyish brown, fringed... read more


Loudsong (e.g. 21 notes, 5·7 seconds) notes upslurred, pace faster and accelerates; differs in only... read more


Floor of lowland and foothill humid evergreen forest, locally to 1200 m in Nicaragua, and 1300 m in... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects and other arthropods; also on small molluscs (Gastropoda). Recorded prey in Panama include cockroaches (Blattidae),... read more


At least Oct in Panama, with birds in breeding condition collected in NW Colombia in Mar–Apr; a nest in Panama was a shallow open cup woven... read more


None recorded; presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Poorly known; generally considered to be rare to uncommon and patchily distributed (e.g. no definite records from Costa Rica or W... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Northern Wing-banded Antbird (Myrmornis stictoptera). 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).