Ringed Antpipit (Corythopis torquatus)

Ringed Antpipit

[order] Passeriformes | [family] Tyrannidae | [latin] Corythopis torquatus | [UK] Ringed Antpipit | [FR] Corythopis a collier | [DE] Nordlicher Brustbandtyrann | [ES] Mosquero Terrestre Norteno | [IT] Tiranno pistola dal collare | [NL] Geringde Piepertiran


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Corythopis torquatus SA Amazonia
Corythopis torquatus anthoides
Corythopis torquatus sarayacuensis
Corythopis torquatus subtorquatus
Corythopis torquatus torquatus

Physical charateristics

It is named ‘Ringed’ for its tawny-colored back-collar patch on its upper back, side-neck and upper shoulders, and is a small bird, medium-brownish to darkish Grey, with a white breast with large vertical black streakings. It has dark black patches on its upper breast areas, and has a short tail.

Listen to the sound of Ringed Antpipit

[audio:http://www.aviflevoland.nl/sounddb/R/Ringed Antpipit.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 13 cm size max.: 14 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 14 days fledging max.: 15 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 1  
      eggs max.: 3  


It is found in the Amazon Basin of Brazil and the Guianas, and Amazonian Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia; also Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and in eastern Venezuela in the Orinoco River drainage. The Ringed Antpipit is distributed in the Amazon Basin where it is found on the ground in humid forest, mainly terra firme.


Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It lives alone or in pairs, on the ground or perched on fallen trunks and low branches. It moves its head and wags its tail while walking.


The nest is a large oven-shaped dome made out of moss. It has a side entrance and a nest chamber made out of fine fibres. Clutch size is 2 eggs, nestling periode about 14 days.

Feeding habits

It feeds on beetles, ants, wasps, etc. which it gleans from the undersides of leaves. It produces a bill-snapping sound as it jumps up and feeds.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 6,700,000 km². The global population size has not been quantified, but it is believed to be large as the species is described as ‘frequent’ 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.
Ringed Antpipit status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Ringed Antpipit range map


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