Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Sclater's Antwren (Myrmotherula sclateri)


French: Myrmidon de Sclater German: Gelbstreifen-Ameisenschlüpfer Spanish: Hormiguerito de Sclater

Myrmotherula sclateri

E. Snethlage

, 1912,

Boim, Rio Tapajós, Pará, Brazil


Member of the “streaked antwren assemblage” (see M. brachyura). Closest to M. ambigua#R. Form described as M. kermiti (“Kermit’s Antwren”) was based on variants of present species#R. Monotypic.


E Peru (S of R Amazon, E of R Ucayali), S Amazonian Brazil (E to lower R Xingu and S to N Mato Grosso) and NW & NE Bolivia (Pando, N La Paz, NE Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

8–8·5 cm; 8–10 g. Male is black above, crown streaked light yellow, upperparts streaked whitish, light yellow interscapular patch, two prominent white wingbars,... read more


Loudsong a long, somewhat mournful note slowly repeated (e.g. 5 notes, 3·8 seconds) at even... read more


Canopy of lowland evergreen forest (terra firme, várzea, transitional), to 550 m... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on various insects, including lepidopteran larvae and katydids (Tettigoniidae); probably also spiders. Usually... read more


Little known. In Bolivia (Pando), pair observed feeding two recently fledged young on 18 Jun, and other family groups of 3–4 birds... read more


None recorded; presumed resident throughout range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout its rather extensive range, which includes several large protected areas. Examples of these are Tambopata-Candamo Reserved... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Sclater's Antwren (Myrmotherula sclateri). 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).