Wing-banded Antbird (Myrmornis torquata)

Wing-banded Antbird

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Thamnophilidae | [latin] Myrmornis torquata | [UK] Wing-banded Antbird | [FR] Fourmilier a ailes barrees | [DE] Graubauch-Ameisenpitta | [ES] Hormiguero alifranjeado | [NL] Bonte Mierlijster


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Pithys torquata
Myrmornis torquata LA Nicaragua, Panama, Amazonia
Myrmornis torquata stictoptera
Myrmornis torquata torquata

Physical charateristics

It has a short tail, short legs and a long bill and overall is a decidedly oddly proportioned bird. The male has a black throat and chest with a wide border of white scaled feathers. Its back is a rather cryptically patterned brown which blends in far too well with the leaves it is rummaging about in. The female has a rust-colored throat and upper chest, which are black in the male.

Listen to the sound of Wing-banded Antbird

[audio: Antbird.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

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Latin America : Nicaragua, Panama, Amazonia


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It inhabits terra firme rain forest floors or surrounding areas


The nest is a cup in either a cavity, old nest or built in a fork branch. Clutch size is 1. One young was observed to leave the nest before it could fly, following the female onm the ground for at leadt 30 days.

Feeding habits

It lives in pairs, hopping on the ground, overturning dead leaves in search of insects


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). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to 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.
Wing-banded Antbird status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Wing-banded Antbird distribution range map

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