Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Stripe-backed Antbird (Myrmorchilus strigilatus)


French: Grisin à dos rayé German: Strichelrücken-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Hormiguero estriado

Myiothera strigilata


, 1831,

Bahia, Brazil


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. s. strigilatus (Wied, 1831) – NE Brazil (extreme E Piauí, C Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte S to N Minas Gerais).
  • M. s. suspicax Wetmore, 1922 – SE Bolivia (Santa Cruz S to Tarija), adjacent Brazil (extreme SW Mato Grosso, W Mato Grosso do Sul), W Paraguay (W of R Paraguay) and N Argentina (W of R Paraná, S to Santiago del Estero and Santa Fe).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16 cm; 23–26 g. Male has white supercilium, dark line through eye; crown to back rufous, streaked black, outer scapulars edged white, rump and uppertail-... read more


    Loudsong of male brief (e.g. 0·8 seconds), a short, somewhat rough note followed after an... read more


    Ground and understorey of deciduous Chaco and caatinga woodlands and scrub, to 1100 m.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little published. Feeds on insects, possibly also other arthropods. Pairs or individuals forage mostly on the ground beneath dense... read more


    Little known. Single nest described from Argentina (Santiago del Estero), an open cup 4 cm deep, with inside diameter 9 cm, external... read more


    Presumed resident in both parts of range.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout most of its disjunct Chaco and caatinga ranges. Although species is under no immediate threat, there are relatively... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Stripe-backed Antbird (Myrmorchilus strigilatus). 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 21 May 2019).