Ash-winged Antwren (Terenura spodioptila)

Ash-winged Antwren

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Thamnophilidae | [latin] Terenura spodioptila | [UK] Ash-winged Antwren | [FR] Fourmilie nain a ailes cendree | [DE] Grauschwingen-Ameisenfanger | [ES] Tiluchi Piojito | [NL] Grijsvleugelmiersluiper


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Cercomacra spodioptila
Terenura spodioptila SA n Amazonia
Terenura spodioptila elaopteryx
Terenura spodioptila meridionalis
Terenura spodioptila signata
Terenura spodioptila spodioptila

Physical charateristics

Top of head from base of bill to nape black; hind neck slightly brownish black; mantle; scapulars, and lower back chestnut, with the basal portions of the feathers much paler, but with a narrow brownish Grey area between the rufous of the mantle and the black of the hind neck; upper tailcoverts Grey with a faint rufous tinge. Lores and a broad superciliary stripe white, the stripe becoming Grey; a dusky spot in front of the eye and a blackish line behind the eye; sides of neck, sides of breast, and upper flanks pale Grey; rest of under parts slightly Greyish white, under wing-coverts and axillars pure white. Tail dark brown with slightly Greyish outer margins and inconspicuous pale tips; mandible pale black; feet dull brownish olive.Female with forehead dark Buckthorn Brown; crown
darker and duller; upper part of mantle light Buffy Brown; lower part of mantle and uropygium Sanford’s Brown x Hazel; upper tailcoverts dull, pale brownish Grey; lores buffy whitish; sides of head dull whitish; superciliary stripe obsolete; under parts as in the male but slightly tinged with pale drab on breast and sides; wings as in the male but duller; lesser upper wing-coverts buffy brown; not rufous; tail as in the male but slightly browner, less Greyish.

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South America : North Amazonia


Habitat preference is the canopy and sub canopy of (the lower edge) subtropical or tropical moist montanes.


No data available.

Feeding habits

The bird is an active insectivore (insects and spiders) foliage-gleaner, hopping quickly about in the leaves and slender twigs at the tips of branches from 10 meters up to the canopy. Often the bird gives nervous double wing-flicks between foraging maneuvers. Almost always accompanying mixed-species flocks .


This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Ash-winged Antwren status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Ash-winged Antwren distribution range map

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