Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Spot-tailed Antwren (Herpsilochmus sticturus)


French: Grisin givré German: Salvinameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí colipunteado

Herpsilochmus sticturus


, 1885,

Bartica and Kamacusa, Guyana


Closely related to H. dugandi (which see), and formerly considered conspecific. Monotypic.


E Venezuela (Bolívar E of R Caura and S of R Orinoco), the Guianas and NE Amazonian Brazil (E of R Trombetas).

Descriptive notes

9·5–10·5 cm; 8–9 g. Male has black crown and nape, long pale grey to white supercilium, black loral stripe and postocular stripe; dark grey upperparts with... read more


Loudsong a series of short notes (e.g. 26 notes, 2·8 seconds) that accelerate and become... read more


Canopy and subcanopy of humid lowland evergreen forest, from near sea-level to 550 m. In general,... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on variety of arthropods; stomachs of birds from Surinam contained beetles (Coleoptera), hemipterans and spiders.... read more


Almost unknown. Young fledged in Oct in French Guiana.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common throughout its range; only recently found to be present in Amapá (Serra do Navio). Occurs in several large protected areas... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Spot-tailed Antwren (Herpsilochmus sticturus). 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).