Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-throated Antbird (Gymnopithys rufigula)


Taxonomy

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

Turdus rufigula

Boddaert

, 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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56847 on 15 December 2018).