Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Stub-tailed Antbird (Sipia berlepschi)


French: Alapi à queue courte German: Kurzschwanz-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero colimocho

Pyriglena berlepschi

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1898,

Cachabí, 500 feet [c. 150 m], Esmeraldas, Ecuador


Closely related to S. nigricauda, the two largely replacing each other altitudinally. Monotypic.


Pacific slope in W Colombia (S from C Chocó) and NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas).

Descriptive notes

13·5–14·5 cm. Male has plumage entirely black, except for white interscapular patch; iris deep red. Female differs in having wing-coverts dotted white at tips, white... read more


Loudsong a short (e.g. 8 notes, 2·3 seconds) series of similar downslurred whistles, first... read more


Understorey of wet lowland and foothill evergreen-forest edge and adjacent tall second-growth... read more

Food and feeding

Little recorded. Feeds on insects, probably also on other arthropods, including spiders. Partners, individuals, or family groups forage... read more


Nothing known.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Uncommon to locally fairly common, but patchily distributed. Although not considered at immediate... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Stub-tailed Antbird (Sipia berlepschi). 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 20 February 2020).