Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Near Threatened

White-lined Antbird (Myrmoborus lophotes)


French: Alapi huppé German: Schwarzschopf-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero crestado

Percnostola lophotes

Hellmayr and Seilern

, 1914,

Río Sangabán, Puno, Peru


Previously placed in Percnostola, but recent extensive analyses#R#R#R situate it clearly in present genus. Original description of species almost certainly based on a subadult male, having female-like plumage; adult male described much later, as a separate species “Percnostola macrolopha”, and only relatively recently realized to be adult male of present species. Monotypic.


Extreme SW Amazonian Brazil (W & S Acre), SE Peru (Ucayali, E Junín, Cuzco, Madre de Dios, Puno) and NW Bolivia (Pando, N La Paz).

Descriptive notes

14–14·5 cm; 28–31 g. Prominent crest. Male is blackish-grey, head and anterior underparts blackest, flanks palest; interscapular patch white, outer primary... read more


Loudsong a single downslurred whistle followed after sizeable interval (e.g. 0·7 seconds) by... read more


Understorey and floor of evergreen river-edge forest (várzea and transitional) and... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on various insects, including lepidopteran larvae, and egg cases of insects; probably also on spiders. Closely... read more


Nothing known.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South-east Peruvian Lowlands EBA. Fairly common in most areas in which it occurs. These include some large... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). White-lined Antbird (Myrmoborus lophotes). 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 27 February 2020).