Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


Sincora Antwren (Formicivora grantsaui)


French: Grisin de Grantsau German: Sincorá-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Hormiguerito de Sincorá

Formicivora grantsaui

Gonzaga et al.

, 2007,

Cumbuca Valley, 860 m, 3.5 km north-east of Mucugê, Serra do Sincorá, Bahia, Brazil


Recently described species, appearing most closely related to F. rufa and F. acutirostris (with F. paludicola), from which distinguished by plumage and voice; differs clearly from F. rufa in plumage coloration, vocalizations, and preferred habitat of campo rupestre vegetation on rocky outcrops above 800 m on valley slopes or high plateaux (F. rufa in adjacent savanna)#R. Monotypic.


Serra do Sincorá on E escarpments of Chapada Diamantina Mts of C Bahia (from Morro do Pai Inácio S to around Mucugê#R), in E Brazil.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 8·5–11·5 g. Male is rather deep brown dorsally and on wings and flanks, latter duller and paler; also duller and broadly greyer on... read more


Repetitive loudsong similar to that of congeners, but slower. Also has a distinctive two-part alarm... read more


Campo rupestre vegetation, which is low scrub and grasses on nutrient-poor black peat... read more

Food and feeding

No published information. Presumably feeds on arthropods and forages in pairs or in family groups.


No information.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Central Brazilian Hills and Tablelands EBA. This antwren was first collected in 1965 (at Igatu), but because of lack of other... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Sincora Antwren (Formicivora grantsaui). 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).