Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Streak-capped Antwren (Terenura maculata)


French: Grisin à tête rayée German: Rostrücken-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí enano

Myiothera maculata


, 1831,

no locality = Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Closely related to T. sicki; the two are sister-species#R. Further analysis of molecular, vocal and other characteristics that may differentiate them is needed. Monotypic.


SE Brazil (coastal region from SE Bahia S to Santa Catarina, inland locally in S Minas Gerais, São Paulo and Paraná), E Paraguay (Canindeyú S to Caazapá) and extreme NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 1 individual 6·5 g. Male has crown to upper back streaked black and white; remaining upperparts tawny, mixed with yellow posteriorly, hidden white patch under... read more


Loudsong a long (e.g. 3·8 seconds) dry rattle gaining in intensity at beginning, generally (... read more


Canopy and mid-storey of evergreen forest and second-growth woodland, from sea-level to 1250 m.

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on insects, probably also spiders. Closely associated partners, individuals, or family groups forage mostly from 6... read more


Nest found in Oct in Brazil (above Camaça, in Bahia; details previously unpublished): a small, pendent cup/bag, c. 5 cm deep, 2·5 cm across... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout most of its range. Region inhabited includes several protected parks and reserves, e.g. Itatiaia, Tijuca, Iguaçu, Serra da... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Streak-capped Antwren (Terenura maculata). 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).