Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


Scalloped Antbird (Myrmoderus ruficauda)


French: Alapi barbu German: Schwarzgesicht-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero festoneado

Myiothera ruficauda


, 1831,

Rio Doce, Espírito Santo, south-eastern Brazil


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. r. soror (O. M. O. Pinto, 1940) – coastal NE Brazil (Paraíba S to Alagoas).
  • M. r. ruficauda (Wied, 1831) – E Brazil in SE Bahia, extreme E Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm. Male has crown to upper back black, feathers edged clay colour, rear superciliary feathers edged white, lower back black with ochraceous-tinged white feather... read more


    Loudsong a series (e.g. 2·1 seconds) of doublets delivered so rapidly that they can barely... read more


    Floor of humid and semi-humid evergreen forest, mature second-growth woodland and, at least... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little published. Feeds on various insects and other arthropods; stomach of one specimen contained 3 grasshoppers (Acrididae), 3 spiders (... read more


    In Alagoas, nests found mainly in Apr but three in Oct (details previously unpublished); in S (Espírito Santo), gonadal condition of... read more



    Status and conservation

    ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA and Atlantic Slope of Alagoas and Pernambuco EBA. Uncommon and patchily distributed throughout... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Scalloped Antbird (Myrmoderus ruficauda). 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 19 February 2020).