Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Southern Rufous-winged Antwren (Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus)


French: Grisin à ailes rousses German: Paranáameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí alirrufo sureño

Myiothera rufimarginata


, 1822,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Relationships with other members of genus unclear. Hitherto considered conspecific with H. scapularis, but differs from all three races of latter in having olive tinge to its grey back (1) with few or no black maculations (1), as well as distinctive song involving higher frequency (no overlap) than any of the races of H. scapularis (3) and uniquely three slow-paced initial notes (3), total number of notes being fewer but overall length slightly greater, so that pace is much slower; calls too may differ#R. Monotypic.

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E Paraguay (E of R Paraguay), extreme NE Argentina (Misiones) and SE Brazil (S Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Paraná, NE Santa Catarina).

Descriptive notes

10–12·5 cm. Male has black crown, long whitish supercilium, black loral streak and long postocular streak; side of head mottled black and pale yellow or white;... read more


Loudsong is closest to that of nominate race of formerly conspecific H. scapularis, but is... read more


Lowland and foothill forests and forest borders, to c. 1100 m; typically in interior vine tangles... read more

Food and feeding

Diet virtually unknown, although presumably largely insectivorous, like formerly conspecific H. scapularis; has been observed... read more


Nothing known.


None recorded; presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Considered to be fairly common to common throughout most of range. Recorded from a good number of protected areas, e.g. Serra do Mar... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Southern Rufous-winged Antwren (Herpsilochmus rufimarginatus). 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 27 February 2020).