Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Antbird (Myrmeciza longipes)


French: Alapi à ventre blanc German: Grauband-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero ventriblanco

Drymophila longipes


, 1825,

“some part of Brazil”; error = Trinidad


May consist of more than one species, although plumage differences confounded by individual variation. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. l. panamensis Ridgway, 1908 – E Panama (locally on Caribbean slope E from Colón, Pacific slope E from Coclé) and N Colombia (extreme N Chocó E to W slope of NE Andes in La Guajira, Cesar and Bolívar).
  • M. l. longipes (Swainson, 1825) – NE Colombia (E slope of Andes in Norte de Santander S to W Meta), N Venezuela (Zulia, Táchira and Apure E to Sucre) and Trinidad.
  • M. l. boucardi Berlepsch, 1888 – C Colombia (upper Magdalena Valley from Cudinamarca S to Huila).
  • M. l. griseipectus Berlepsch & E. J. O. Hartert, 1902 – C Colombia (E of Andes in Meta and E Guainía), S & E Venezuela (N Amazonas, N Bolívar, Delta Amacuro), W Guyana, also locally in S Suriname#R and NE Brazil N of R Amazon (NE Roraima, C Amapá, EC Pará).
  • Descriptive notes

    14·5–15·5 cm; 24–31 g. Male nominate race has forehead grey, crown rufous-brown, upperparts, wings and tail deep rufous, small white interscapular... read more


    Loudsong nominate race a long (e.g. 4 seconds) ringing trill that decelerates and decreases in... read more


    Understorey and floor of deciduous forest, semi-deciduous forest, gallery forest, second-growth... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little published. Feeds on variety of insects, probably also spiders. Recorded prey in Panama include hemipterans (Pentatomidae), earwigs (... read more


    Recorded in Mar–May in Trinidad and in May–Jun in Venezuela (Miranda). Nest in Trinidad described as a shallow saucer of brown... read more


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common to common throughout its extensive range. Regions occupied by this species include numerous parks and reserves in nearly... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). White-bellied Antbird (Myrmeciza longipes). 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 24 February 2020).