Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Plumbeous Antbird (Myrmelastes hyperythrus)


Taxonomy

French: Alapi plombé German: Bleigrau-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero plomizo
Taxonomy:

Thamnophilus hyperythrus

P. L. Sclater

, 1855,

Chamicuros, Loreto, Peru

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Previously placed in Myrmeciza, but genetic data#R situate it in present genus (of which it is the type species), where it forms the central of three clades. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Colombia (W Caquetá), NE Ecuador (Sucumbíos, Orellana), E Peru (Loreto S to Madre de Dios), SW Amazonian Brazil (E to R Purus drainage) and NW Bolivia (Pando, N La Paz, Beni).

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 38–44 g. Bare periorbital skin extensive, light blue. Male is dark slaty grey; wings and tail blackish-grey, wing-coverts spotted white at tips; underwing-... read more

Voice

Loudsong a long (e.g. 3·5 seconds) rattling trill that accelerates throughout, and gains and... read more

Habitat

Understorey and floor of lowland evergreen forest, both seasonally flooded (várzea) and... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on various insects and other arthropods; also on snails. Recorded prey in Brazil included hemipterans, cicadas (... read more

Breeding

Single nests found in Mar (details previously unpublished) and Oct in SE Peru (Madre de Dios); nest-building seen once in Aug in Brazil (E... read more

Movements

Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common throughout most of its range. Regions occupied by this species contain several formally protected large areas, e.g. Cuyabeno... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2018). Plumbeous Antbird (Myrmelastes hyperythrus). 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/56833 on 16 October 2018).