Family Ground-antbirds (Formicariidae)

Near Threatened

Rufous-fronted Antthrush (Formicarius rufifrons)


French: Tétéma à front roux German: Roststirn-Ameisendrossel Spanish: Formicario frentirrufo

Formicarius rufifrons


, 1957,

Madre de Dios, south-east Peru




Extreme W Brazil in NW Acre (upper R Juruá), SE Peru in Madre de Dios and Cuzco (R Urubamba), and NW Bolivia in W Pando (R Tahuamanu).

Descriptive notes

18 cm; one male 54 g, one female 57 g. Adult has forehead bright orange-rufous, feathers along front edge of eye and down to base of bill dusky brown, side of head grey-brown... read more


Song c. 5 seconds long, given at intervals of 14–16 seconds for many minutes at a time, a... read more


Swampy forest on dynamic floodplains, favouring edges of dense Heliconia thickets or small... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on a variety of invertebrates, such as ants, orthopterans, weevils (Curculionidae) and other beetles, pea bugs, snails, butterfly... read more


One specimen in Sept had enlarged testes. Sings from ground. No other information.


Probably wanders short distances locally; most observations are of single males trying to establish... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-east Peruvian Lowlands EBA. Rare to uncommon, and very local. Study... read more

Recommended citation

Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2018). Rufous-fronted Antthrush (Formicarius rufifrons). 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 11 December 2018).