Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Spix's Antwarbler (Hypocnemis striata)


French: Alapi de Spix German: Spixameisenschnäpper Spanish: Hormiguero de Spix

Thamnophilus striatus


, 1825,

no locality = Santarém


See H. cantator. Differs from H. subflava, H. flavescens, H. peruviana, H. ochrogyna and H. rondoni in characters given under those species; and from H. cantator in its blacker back (1); more rufescent wings (1); more extensively white interscapular patch (1); and “common call” consisting of a long flat first note (2), then a clear abrupt downslurred (vs upslurred) higher note (3), then a raspy note. Three subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • H. s. implicata J. T. Zimmer, 1932 – SC Amazonian Brazil (E from lower and middle R Madeira to R Tapajós/Teles Pires).
  • H. s. striata (Spix, 1825) – R Tapajós/Teles Pires E to R Xingu, S to NC Mato Grosso.
  • H. s. affinis J. T. Zimmer, 1932 – R Xingu E to R Tocantins, S to E Mato Grosso.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm; 10–14·3 g. Typical member of the H. cantator species group; for distinctive characters from other species therein see Taxonomy (above).... read more


    For general characteristics of male and female loudsongs, plus calls, see relevant section of... read more


    Understorey to midstorey of humid evergreen-forest borders (terra firme, transitional and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Most aspects of diet and foraging behaviour probably very similar to those of the formerly conspecific H. cantator (which see).... read more


    No information.


    None recorded; presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common to common throughout most of its extensive range, although it is apparently uncommon and very local at the E edge of... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Spix's Antwarbler (Hypocnemis striata). 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).