Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Antbird (Oneillornis salvini)


French: Fourmilier de Salvin German: Bindenschwanz-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Hormiguero gorjiblanco

Pithys salvini


, 1901,

San Mateo, Cochabamba, Bolivia


Has been treated as conspecific with O. lunulatus. Birds in NW of range (E Peru E to R Purus, in Brazil) sometimes separated as race maculatus, but they intergrade with other populations; plumage shows high degree of individual variation in all populations. Monotypic.


E Peru (S of R Amazon and E of R Ucayali, S to drainage of R Madre de Dios), SW Amazonian Brazil (E to R Madeira, S to Acre) and NW & C Bolivia (Pando, La Paz, Beni, Cochabamba).

Descriptive notes

13–13·5 cm; 22–28 g, mean 25·9 g. Male is mostly grey, wings somewhat darker, except for white supercilium, anterior ear-coverts, chin and throat;... read more


Loudsong a series (e.g. 6 notes, 4 seconds) of long whistles with little space between, typically... read more


Understorey of humid evergreen forest, to 450 m. Occurs in terra firme, transitional... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on variety of arthropods. Recorded prey include orthopterans, termites (Isoptera), ant larvae (Formicidae), spiders; several records... read more


Little known. Two nests found in Nov in Peru (Madre de Dios); young following parents in Mar–Apr at two sites in W Brazil. Nest... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common throughout its relatively small range. This includes some large protected areas, e.g. Manu National Park and Biosphere... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). White-throated Antbird (Oneillornis salvini). 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).