Rufous capped Antthrush (Formicarius colma)

Rufous-capped Antthrush

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Formicariidae | [latin] Formicarius colma | [UK] Rufous-capped Antthrush | [FR] Tetema colma | [DE] Rostkappen-Ameisendrossel | [ES] Formicario Capirrojo | [IT] Formicario caporossiccio | [NL] Roodkap-mierlijster


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Formicarius colma SA Amazonia, se Brazil
Formicarius colma amazonicus
Formicarius colma colma
Formicarius colma nigrifrons
Formicarius colma ruficeps

Physical charateristics

Crown and nape are chestnut, the rest of the head, throat and breast black with the rest of the underparts dark grey. Upperparts are brown.

Listen to the sound of Rufous-capped Antthrush

[audio: Antthrush.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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size min.: 17 cm size max.: 18 cm
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broods: 1   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 3  


It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is found on or near the ground of humid forest, mainly terra firme


Little known, only one nest found, which was a small cup in a hollow stub. Clutch size is 2 eggs.

Feeding habits

It walks slowly along the ground in search of insects, often following army ants. Although frequently heard, it is not often observed.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 7,000,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘common’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Rufous-capped Antthrush status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Rufous-capped Antthrush range map


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