Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Parker's Antbird (Cercomacroides parkeri)


French: Grisin de Graves German: Parkerameisenfänger Spanish: Hormiguero de Parker

Cercomacra parkeri

G. R. Graves

, 1997,

La Bodega, Antioquia, Colombia


Appears closest to C. tyrannina and C. serva, and until recently treated as a highland population of former. Monotypic.


Andes in WC Colombia (W slope of W range, N & E slopes of C range and W slope of E range).

Descriptive notes

13·5–14·5 cm. Male is slate-coloured above, wings and tail somewhat darker, interscapular patch white, wing-coverts and outer rectrices narrowly tipped white; slightly... read more


Male loudsong a muted note followed by higher-pitched, more intense series initially flat in pitch... read more


Borders and undergrowth of wet montane evergreen forest and tall second-growth woodland, at 1130... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Feeds on variety of insects and spiders; beetles (Coleoptera) most commonly found in stomach contents. Pair-members and... read more


Little known. Fledglings found in Apr and Jul in Antioquia.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Status uncertain. Common in the northern Central Cordillera. This recently described species has a limited geographical distribution... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Parker's Antbird (Cercomacroides parkeri). 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 23 May 2019).