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Myrmotherula cherriei

Cherrie's Antwren

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae


Myrmotherula cherriei

Amazonas, Brazil; 3 March 2012 © Andrew Whittaker and Jaqueline Fortuna

One of just two species of bird that commemorate the ornithological achievements of the adventurous American naturalist and collector, George Kruck Cherrie, in their English names, the Cherrie’s Antwren has been suggested to be most closely related to the trans-Andean Pacific Antwren (Myrmotherula pacifica). This locally fairly common but rather poorly known antwren is largely confined to the Negro–Orinoco drainage, from southwest Venezuela and adjacent eastern Colombia south to northwest Brazil, where it inhabits the lower stories of usually stunted woodland on white-sand soils, or seasonally flooded areas, as well as ranging, locally, into savanna woodland. More recently, the species has also been found in extreme northeast Peru. The Cherrie’s Antwren feeds predominantly on insects, and frequently joins mixed-species foraging flocks; its voice and male plumage recall those of the partially sympatric Guianan Streaked-Antwren (Myrmotherula surinamensis), but females should be easily distinguished from the latter species by the lack of orange head and breast.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Cherrie's Antwren (Myrmotherula cherriei), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

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