Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


Slender Antbird (Rhopornis ardesiacus)


French: Alapi du Bahia German: Bahiaameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero esbelto

Myiothera ardesiaca


, 1831,

probably Boa Nova or Poções (“close to [Vitória da] Conquista”)#R, Bahia, Brazil




Locally in SE Bahia and NE Minas Gerais#R, in E Brazil.

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm; 23–28 g. Male has crown, head side and upperparts grey, wings and graduated tail blackish-grey, wing-coverts edged white at tips; throat black, edged by... read more


Male and female loudsong a series (e.g. 9 notes, 2·9 seconds) of evenly paced whistles,... read more


Understorey of hillside deciduous forest (annual precipitation 800–1000 mm) with many... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on various insects and arachnids; recorded prey items include orthopterans (Acrididae, Tettigoniidae, Gryllidae), cockroaches (... read more


Little known. Breeding activity thought to begin in Oct (coinciding with normal dry season in region) and to decline in Dec–Feb with... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Deciduous Forests of Bahia EBA. It is now known from 17 localities in SE Bahia and NE Minas Gerais, a total range (Extent of... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Slender Antbird (Rhopornis ardesiacus). 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).