Family Ground-antbirds (Formicariidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-breasted Antthrush (Formicarius rufipectus)


French: Tétéma à poitrine rousse German: Rostbrust-Ameisendrossel Spanish: Formicario pechirrufo

Formicarius rufipectus


, 1866,

Santiago de Veraguas, Panama


Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • F. r. rufipectus Salvin, 1866 – Caribbean slope of Costa Rica and both slopes in W Panama (E to Veraguas); also E Panama (Darién).
  • F. r. lasallei Aveledo & Ginés, 1952 – NW Venezuela in Sierra de Perijá and SW Táchira.
  • F. r. carrikeri Chapman, 1912 – W & C Andes of Colombia S to W Ecuador (El Oro, W Loja).
  • F. r. thoracicus Taczanowski & Berlepsch, 1885 – from E Ecuador S to SE Peru (S to Cuzco).
  • Descriptive notes

    18–19 cm; male 70–78 g, female 65–82 g. Adult has crown, nape and neck side dark chestnut, side of face and throat blackish; back and wings dark brown, rump... read more


    Song by both sexes, 0·5–0·6 seconds long, two clear whistles at 1·8... read more


    Humid to wet primary forest and adjacent tall second growth, including Heliconia thickets... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet not documented. Alone or in pairs; walks on forest floor with cocked tail. A pair was seen at a swarm of army ants, but species not... read more


    One in breeding condition in Jun in Colombia (Antioquia), and an immature seen in Nov in NW Ecuador. Sings from ground. No other details.


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Very local. Uncommon or rare in some places, e.g. Costa Rica and Peru; fairly common or locally common in others, e.g. NW Venezuela, SW Colombia (W... read more

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2018). Rufous-breasted Antthrush (Formicarius rufipectus). 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 20 November 2018).