Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Slate-colored Antbird (Myrmelastes schistaceus)


French: Alapi ardoisé German: Schwarzschnabel-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero pizarroso

Hypocnemis schistacea

P. L. Sclater

, 1858,

Río Yavarí, Loreto, Peru


Previously placed in Percnostola (which see) along with M. saturatus (see that species), M. rufifacies, M. brunneiceps, M. humaythae, M. leucostigma and M. caurensis, and these taxa were sometimes separated as genus Schistocichla. Monotypic.


S Colombia (Putumayo, S Caquetá, Amazonas), NE Ecuador (Sucumbíos), E Peru (E Loreto, Ucayali) and WC Amazonian Brazil (WC Amazonas, extreme W Acre).

Descriptive notes

13·5–14·5 cm. Male is dark bluish-grey, wings and tail blackish-grey, wing coverts dotted white at tips; underwing-coverts grey. Female has crown dark rufous-chestnut,... read more


Loudsong a short, countable series (e.g. 6 notes, 2·5 seconds) in which notes become more... read more


Understorey and floor of lowland evergreen forest, to 400 m. Appears to be restricted to terra... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on various insects, including orthopterans and lepidopterans; probably also on spiders and other arthropods.... read more


Nothing known.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally uncommon. Range includes few formally protected areas, e.g. Cuyabeno Reserve, in Ecuador, and Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, in Peru.... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Slate-colored Antbird (Myrmelastes schistaceus). 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).