Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Silvered Antbird (Sclateria naevia)


French: Alapi paludicole German: Silberameisenschnäpper Spanish: Hormiguero plateado

Sitta naevia

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,



Nominate race and argentata differ distinctively in plumage (though loudsongs identical), but intervening races diaphora and toddi may represent clinal variation; research needed. “Myrmeciza dubia”, described from a single specimen from Pará, in E Amazonia, generally considered a synonym of present species. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. n. naevia (J. F. Gmelin, 1788) – E Venezuela (E Sucre S to Delta Amacuro and E & S Bolívar), Trinidad, the Guianas, and NE Amazonian Brazil (lower R Negro E to Amapá and, S of R Amazon, E of R Tocantins to W Maranhão).
  • S. n. diaphora Todd, 1913 – SC Venezuela (lower R Caura drainage, in NW Bolívar).
  • S. n. toddi Hellmayr, 1924 – SC Amazonian Brazil (from lower R Madeira and both banks of R Teles Pires E to R Tocantins).
  • S. n. argentata (Des Murs, 1856) – SW Venezuela (W & S Amazonas), SE Colombia (S from Meta and Vichada), E Ecuador, E Peru, W Amazonian Brazil (E to R Madeira, Rondônia and SW Mato Grosso) and NW & E Bolivia (Pando, La Paz, W Beni, Cochabamba, extreme NE Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–16 cm; 21–27 g. Long, slender bill. Male nominate race has crown and upperparts dark grey, short supercilium grey, wings and tail blackish-grey, wing-coverts... read more


    Loudsong a long rapid trill (e.g. 40 notes, 4·8 seconds) of abrupt notes, introduced by more... read more


    Understorey and floor of flooded tropical evergreen forest (both várzea and ... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little published. Feeds on various insects and arachnids. Recorded prey in Brazil includes hemipterans, homopterans (Cicadellidae), beetles... read more


    Little known. Record of parents attending newly fledged young in Aug in Surinam, and similar record in Aug from Brazil (near Belém... read more


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout most of its extensive range. Numerous reserves and parks exist in virtually every region in which it occurs; range also... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & de Juana, E. (2020). Silvered Antbird (Sclateria naevia). 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 26 February 2020).