Long-winged Antwren (Myrmotherula longipennis)

Long-winged Antwren

Long-winged Antwren (Myrmotherula longipennis)

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Thamnophilidae | [latin] Myrmotherula longipennis | [UK] Long-winged Antwren | [FR] Fourmilier nain a grandes aile | [DE] Silber-Ameisenschlupfer | [ES] Hormiguerito Alilargo | [NL] Langvleugelmiersluiper


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Myrmotherula longipennis SA Amazonia
Myrmotherula longipennis garbei
Myrmotherula longipennis longipennis
Myrmotherula longipennis ochrogyna
Myrmotherula longipennis paraensis
Myrmotherula longipennis transitiva
Myrmotherula longipennis zimmeri

Physical charateristics

The male is dark-Grey with a black throat and chest; the female is brownish olive-green on the upper body, with a yellowish throat and chest. The female has the upperparts, wings and tail olive, brown. Throat and upper breast pale buff and the belly white.

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South America : Amazonia


It lives in pairs or small groups in open shaded terra firme rain forests. Mostly found in under- and midstorey.


It builds a cup-shaped nest out of fungis and covered with dead leaves, suspended between the forks of a branch. The clutch size is probably two eggs. Both sexes tend to the young after hatching, remaining close in the vicinity of the nest while hunting to feed the chicks

Feeding habits

It feeds on insects, which it actively seeks in the foliage at a height of 4 to 10 meters. Usually gleans insects or hover-gleans larvae. Will join 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.
Long-winged Antwren status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Long-winged Antwren distribution range map

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