Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Plumbeous Antbird (Myrmelastes hyperythrus)


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

Thamnophilus hyperythrus

P. L. Sclater

, 1855,

Chamicuros, Loreto, Peru


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.


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


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


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


Single nests found in Mar (details previously unpublished) and Oct in SE Peru (Madre de Dios); nest-building seen once in Aug in Brazil (E...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


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. (2020). 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 on 28 February 2020).