Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Todd's Antwren (Herpsilochmus stictocephalus)


French: Grisin de Todd German: Toddameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí de Todd

Herpsilochmus stictocephalus


, 1927,

Saut Tamanoir, French Guiana


Appears closest to H. gentryi (which see). Similarity of vocalizations suggests that both might be closely related to the group centred on H. pileatus (which see). Monotypic.


E Venezuela (E Bolívar E of R Caroní), the Guianas and extreme NE Amazonian Brazil (N of R Amazon in N Pará and Amapá).

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 8–9·5 g. Male has black top of head, forehead with short white streaks, long white supercilium, black loral spot and long postocular stripe; light grey... read more


Loudsong a moderately long series (13 notes, 2 seconds) similar to that of H. gentryi,... read more


Canopy and subcanopy of humid tropical lowland and foothill evergreen forest, to 700 m. Compared... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on various arthropods; stomach samples from Surinam included beetles (Coleoptera), hemipterans and spiders. Closely... read more


Nothing known.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Status not well known; generally considered uncommon throughout most of its range. Considered to be of high sensitivity to human disturbance. Range... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Todd's Antwren (Herpsilochmus stictocephalus). 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 January 2020).