Spot-winged Antshrike (Pygiptila stellaris)

Spot-winged Antshrike

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Thamnophilidae | [latin] Pygiptila stellaris | [UK] Spot-winged Antshrike | [FR] Fourmilier pie-gieche a ailes | [DE] Fleckflugel-Wollrucken | [ES] Batara Estrellado | [NL] Vlekvleugelmierklauwier


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Epinecrophylla stellaris
Pygiptila stellaris SA Amazonia
Pygiptila stellaris maculipennis
Pygiptila stellaris occipitalis
Pygiptila stellaris purusiana
Pygiptila stellaris stellaris

Physical charateristics

Male has black crown. Back, rump, wings, under parts and tail blue-grey. Wing coverts with with spote and inner wing feathers partially cinnamon. The female has the forehead olive, the rest blue-grey. Throat cinnamon buff, more darkening over breast and belly. Wing coverts brownish without spots. This species has a shorter tail than other members of its family. Upper mandible black, lower mandible lead color and legs lead-grey.

Listen to the sound of Spot-winged Antshrike

[audio: Antshrike.mp3]

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South America : Amazonia


Canopy and subcanopy of evergreen lowland forest, terra firme and flooded forests. Also adjacent tall second growth with dense leafy strata.


Little known, Nest is build about 4-5 meter above ground and is made out of leaves, constructed by both sexes.

Feeding habits

A variety of insects gleaned from the leaf surface. Stays up in the trees most of the time (7-25 meter), but will descend to near ground when ants are available. Forages in pairs, waiting an gleaning or moving is short bursty flights to catch remote prey..


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.
Spot-winged Antshrike status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Spot-winged Antshrike distribution range map

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