Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


Pectoral Antwren (Herpsilochmus pectoralis)


French: Grisin à collier German: Brustband-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí pectoral

Herpsilochmus pectoralis

P. L. Sclater

, 1857,

no locality = Bahia, Brazil


Thought to be most closely related to H. longirostris on basis of plumage and distribution, although vocalizations not closely similar. Monotypic.


NE Brazil locally from NE Maranhão E to Rio Grande do Norte, S to Sergipe and NE Bahia.

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm. Male has black crown spotted white around edges, long whitish supercilium, blackish lores edged white, narrow black stripe behind eye; upperparts grey,... read more


Loudsong a moderately long (e.g. 2 seconds) complex series that sounds two-parted though pace near-... read more


Recorded from gallery forest and deciduous forest in Maranhão, wooded restinga in... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on insects, including lepidopteran larvae and orthopterans, e.g. katydids (Tettigoniidae); probably also takes... read more


Little known. Two females with well-developed ovaries in late Aug in Bahia, and family party with independent immatures recorded in late... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Has highly fragmented range; currently known from only a few scattered sites, only one of which, the small Itabaiana Reserve, in Sergipe, is formally protected.... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Pectoral Antwren (Herpsilochmus pectoralis). 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 24 February 2020).