Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-throated Antbird (Gymnopithys rufigula)


French: Fourmilier à gorge rousse German: Rostkehl-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero gorjirrufo

Turdus rufigula


, 1783,

French Guiana


DNA study#R suggests that this species may be sister to G. leucaspis. Races may represent only clinal variation. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. r. pallidus (Cherrie, 1909) – S Venezuela (Bolívar except R Cuyuní drainage, Amazonas except vicinity of Pica Yavita-Pimichín).
  • G. r. pallidigula Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1947 – vicinity of Pica Yavita-Pimichín, in extreme S Venezuela (SW Amazonas).
  • G. r. rufigula (Boddaert, 1783) – extreme E Venezuela (R Cuyuní drainage), the Guianas and E Brazil N of R Amazon (R Negro E to Amapá).
  • Descriptive notes

    11·5–12·5 cm; 26–32 g. Male has forehead and lores brownish-black, upperparts olive-brown, white interscapular patch; wings and tail dark yellow-... read more


    Loudsong a series (e.g. 14 notes, 3 seconds) beginning with long, slightly upslurred notes,... read more


    Understorey of humid lowland and foothill evergreen forest (primarily terra firme); mostly... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds mostly on insects and other arthropods; recorded prey include grasshoppers (Acrididae), cockroaches (Blattidae), ants (Formicidae),... read more


    Season at least Dec–Jun in Guyana; Jun–Jul and Nov–Dec in French Guiana; record of recently fledged juvenile in Dec in S... read more


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout its range. Regions occupied by this species contain a number of protected areas, e.g. Canaíma, Yapacana, Duida and La... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Rufous-throated Antbird (Gymnopithys rufigula). 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).