Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Scaled Antbird (Drymophila squamata)


French: Grisin écaillé German: Bindenschwanz-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí escamoso

Myiothera squamata

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1823,

Bahia, Brazil


Genetic analysis indicates that race stictocorypha may be a separate species; possible differences in vocalizations and ecology require further investigation. Geographical ranges based on plumage, but likely to be revised after other characteristics have been studied. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • D. s. squamata (M. H. C. Lichtenstein, 1823) – E Brazil in E Pernambuco, E Alagoas and E Bahia.
  • D. s. stictocorypha (Boucard & Berlepsch, 1892) – SE Brazil (E Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro, and E São Paulo S to extreme NE Santa Catarina).
  • Descriptive notes

    12–13 cm; 10·5–11·0 g. Male has black crown with white spots at side, broad white supercilium, black eyestripe; upperparts black, spotted white,... read more


    Loudsong a series of 5–6 long notes with shorter spaces between them, delivered in c. 3... read more


    Understorey of lowland and foothill evergreen forest and second-growth woodland, from sea-level to... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little published. Feeds on variety of insects, probably also spiders. Closely associated pair-members, individuals, or family groups forage... read more


    Four nests found: in Alagoas in Oct, in SE Bahia in Dec, and in São Paulo in Nov (two). In São Paulo, one described as a... read more


    None recorded; presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common throughout most of its range. Regions in which species occurs include a number of protected areas, e.g. Murici Ecological... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Scaled Antbird (Drymophila squamata). 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 27 January 2020).