Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Roraiman Antwren (Herpsilochmus roraimae)


French: Grisin du Roraima German: Tepuiameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí del Roraima

Herpsilochmus roraimae


, 1903,

Mount Roraima, 3500 feet [c. 1065 m], Bolívar, Venezuela


Relationships unclear; possibly closest to H. dorsimaculatus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. r. kathleenae Phelps, Jr & Dickerman, 1980 – tepuis region of SW Venezuela (W & S Bolívar, Amazonas) and adjacent Brazil (extreme N Amazonas).
  • H. r. roraimae Hellmayr, 1903 – tepuis region of SE Venezuela (E Bolívar E of R Caroní), adjacent Brazil (extreme N Roraima) and WC Guyana.
  • Descriptive notes

    12–13 cm. Longer tail than all related species. Male has black crown and nape, long pale grey to white supercilium, black loral stripe and postocular stripe; dark grey... read more


    Loudsong an uncountable series (e.g. 20 notes, 2·1 seconds) of strident, sharply downslurred... read more


    Canopy and subcanopy of humid to wet, evergreen forest and forest borders, at 700–2000 m.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little published. Feeds on variety of insects, probably also spiders. Closely associated pair-members, individuals, or family groups forage... read more


    Nothing known.


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tepuis EBA. Locally fairly common throughout its small range. This region includes several large protected areas... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Roraiman Antwren (Herpsilochmus roraimae). 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).