Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Squamate Antbird (Myrmoderus squamosus)


French: Alapi écaillé German: Schwarzkehl-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero escamoso

Myrmeciza squamosa


, 1868,

Mato Dentro and Ipanema, São Paulo, Brazil


See M. loricatus. Monotypic.


SE Brazil in S Rio de Janeiro, C & E São Paulo, C & E Paraná, E Santa Catarina and NE Rio Grande do Sul; recorded once in Iguaçu National Park#R.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 16·5–20 g. Male has crown and upperparts dark yellowish-brown, longish grey-tinged white supercilium, black head side to throat; some black intermixed... read more


Loudsong a countable series of doublets (e.g. 7 doublets, 2·1 seconds), similar to that of... read more


Floor of humid lowland and foothill evergreen forest, tall secondary woodland, and locally sandy... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. The ecological counterpart of M. loricatus. Feeds on variety of insects, spiders and other arthropods, and on... read more


Poorly known. Single known nest described simply as being “near ground level”, appears from an accompanying drawing to be an open cup... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Fairly common throughout its range. Region inhabited includes several formally... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Squamate Antbird (Myrmoderus squamosus). 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).