Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Near Threatened

Rio de Janeiro Antbird (Cercomacra brasiliana)


French: Grisin du Brésil German: Rio-de-Janeiro-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Hormiguero brasileño

Cercomacra brasiliana


, 1905,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Forms a clade with C. cinerascens#R, although vocalizations may suggest relationship with “C. nigricans group”. Monotypic.


SE Brazil (SE Bahia, E Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and Rio de Janeiro).

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm. Male is dark grey above, somewhat paler below, white inter­scapular patch, concealed white patch under anterior scapulars; wings tinged brown, coverts... read more


Male loudsong 2–4 rapidly delivered, abrupt, barely audible notes followed by longer (e.g. 0... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of dense evergreen second-growth thickets and forest edge, to 950 m.... read more

Food and feeding

Almost nothing published. Feeds on variety of insects, including lepidopteran larvae and orthopterans; probably also on spiders. Closely... read more


Almost nothing known. Territory sometimes apparently no more than 100–150 m in diameter. Eggs light brown, covered almost completely... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Generally rare to uncommon over whole of its... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Rio de Janeiro Antbird (Cercomacra brasiliana). 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 26 February 2020).