Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Southern Wing-banded Antbird (Myrmornis torquata)


French: Palicour de Cayenne German: Stummelschwanz-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero alifranjeado sureño

Formicarius torquatus


, 1783,

Cayenne, French Guiana


Hitherto considered conspecific with M. stictoptera (which see). Populations in W Amazonia (E Ecuador), N of Amazon and S of Amazon each have moderately distinctive songs#R; investigation required. Monotypic.


SC & SE Colombia (E base of Andes, in W Caquetá, E Cauca, Putumayo), NE Ecuador (Napo, Pastaza), N Peru N of R Amazon (Loreto), SE Venezuela (E & S Amazonas, Bolívar), the Guianas, and N & S Amazonian Brazil (N Roraima E to Amapá and W Maranhão and S to lower R Madeira and middle R Araguaia, and E Rondônia E to S Pará and N Mato Grosso).

Descriptive notes

14·5–15·5 cm; 40–50 g. Interscapular patch white; periorbital region pale blue; short tail. Male has crown reddish-brown, back feathers greyish-... read more


Loudsong N of R Amazon a series of simple “whew” whistles (e.g. 12 notes, 3·8... read more


Floor of lowland and foothill humid evergreen forest, often in hilly terra firme, mostly... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects and other arthropods; also on small molluscs (Gastropoda). Recorded prey in Brazil beetles (Coleoptera), orthopterans,... read more


Nest records in Mar–May and Jul–Oct in French Guiana (both periods being dry seasons), and one in Oct in Surinam, with another... read more


None recorded; presumed resident. Mean territory size around Manaus c. 16 ha.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Poorly known; generally considered to be rare to uncommon and patchily distributed throughout its extensive range. Apparent large... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Southern Wing-banded Antbird (Myrmornis torquata). 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).