Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-rumped Antwren (Euchrepomis callinota)


French: Grisin à croupion roux German: Rostbürzel-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí lomirrufo

Formicivora callinota

P. L. Sclater

, 1855,

“Bogotá” = probably nearby Cundinamarca, Colombia


Includes “Hylophilus puellus”, which was based on a female of present species. Races show minimal differences in plumage, but appear to be isolated geographically from one another; venezuelana sometimes treated as a separate species. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. c. callinota (P. L. Sclater, 1855) – Costa Rica (Caribbean slope S from S Alajuela), Panama (Chiriquí and Bocas del Toro to Veraguas, E Darién), Colombia (locally from Santander#R, Antioquia#R, Valle del Cauca and Cundinamarca S to Nariño and W Caquetá), Ecuador (both slopes, on Pacific S to El Oro) and N Peru (Cajamarca, Amazonas).
  • E. c. venezuelana (Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1954) – NW Venezuela in Sierra de, also Andes in Mérida and Barinas.
  • E. c. guianensis (Blake, 1949) – S Guyana and C Suriname; recently recorded in C French Guiana#R.
  • E. c. peruviana (Meyer de Schauensee, 1945) – C & SE Peru (S of R Marañón, from San Martín S to Junín, also S Cuzco).
  • Descriptive notes

    9·5–10·5 cm; 7–8 g. Male has black crown and nape, whitish supercilium, thin dark line through eye; back olive, rump cinnamon-rufous, uppertail-coverts olive-... read more


    Loudsong in Colombia a series (e.g. 26 notes, 2·6 seconds) of initially distinct, countable... read more


    Canopy and subcanopy (often lower at forest edge) of montane evergreen forest, at 600–2400 m... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little published. Feeds on various insects, including lepidopteran larvae, orthopterans, beetles (Coleoptera); also on spiders. Closely... read more


    Almost nothing known. Season in Costa Rica probably Mar–May (as for most insectivores), as indicated by Mar record of female carrying... read more


    None recorded; presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Seemingly uncommon throughout most of its extensive range; in many regions known only from a handful of specimens and sight records, although this... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Rufous-rumped Antwren (Euchrepomis callinota). 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).