Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Spot-winged Antbird (Myrmelastes leucostigma)


French: Alapi ponctué German: Dreibinden-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero alimoteado

Percnostola leucostigma


, 1868,

Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil


See M. schistaceus. Until recently considered conspecific with M. saturatus, M. rufifacies, M. brunneiceps and M. humaythae, but parapatric with several of these taxa, all of which show strong vocal differences#R; forms a clade with M. rufifacies, M. brunneiceps, M. humaythae and “presumably” M. caurensis#R. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. l. subplumbeus (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1880) – extreme W Venezuela (SW Táchira) and along E base of Andes in Colombia S to NE Peru (S to N Ucayali), also W Brazil (extreme SW Amazonas, extreme W Acre).
  • M. l. intensus (J. T. Zimmer, 1927) – C Peru (Huánuco, S Ucayali) S to extreme NW Bolivia.
  • M. l. infuscatus (Todd, 1927) – S Venezuela (SW Amazonas), E Colombia (Guainía, Vaupés, Amazonas) and NW Amazonian Brazil (upper R Negro drainage S to R Solimões).
  • M. l. leucostigma (Pelzeln, 1868) – E Venezuela (extreme E Bolívar), the Guianas and NE Amazonian Brazil (E from R Branco and R Negro to Amapá).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–16 cm; 22–28·5 g (nominate), 20·3–25·6 g (race infuscatussubplumbeus). Male nominate race is rather dark grey above; wings... read more


    Loudsong nominate race a long rapid trill (e.g. 40 notes, 4·8 seconds) of musical notes,... read more


    Inhabits understorey and floor of humid, lowland, foothill and montane evergreen forest; mostly... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little information published. Feeds on variety of insects, also arachnids; stomach contents of birds in extreme SW Venezuela were insects,... read more


    Little known. Nest-building observed in Oct at two sites in French Guiana; fledgling seen in early Jan in Brazil (near Manaus); season in... read more


    None recorded; presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon throughout most of its range. Range includes a number of protected areas, examples of which are Serranía de la... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Spot-winged Antbird (Myrmelastes leucostigma). 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).