Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-throated Antwren (Myrmotherula ambigua)


French: Myrmidon à gorge jaune German: Gelbkehl-Ameisenschlüpfer Spanish: Hormiguerito gorjiamarillo

Myrmotherula ambigua

J. T. Zimmer

, 1932,

Mount Duida, 500 feet [c. 150 m], Amazonas, Venezuela


Member of the “streaked antwren assemblage” (see M. brachyura). Closest to M. sclateri#R. Monotypic.


SW Venezuela (S Amazonas), extreme E Colombia (Guainía, Vaupés) and NW Brazil (upper R Negro region E to NC Roraima and S to Jaú).

Descriptive notes

8–8·5 cm; 7–8 g. Male is black above, streaked white, light yellow interscapular patch, rump greyish, two prominent white wingbars, tail feathers edged... read more


Loudsong an evenly paced and evenly pitched series like that of M. sclateri, but notes... read more


Canopy and subcanopy of lowland evergreen forest, mostly below 350 m; occasionally to c. 1100 m on... read more

Food and feeding

Not well known. Feeds on various small insects; probably also on spiders and other arthropods. Usually encountered as closely associated... read more


Nothing known.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Orinoco-Negro White-sand Forests EBA. Uncommon to fairly common. Its relatively small range does include some... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Yellow-throated Antwren (Myrmotherula ambigua). 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 February 2020).