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Myrmotherula minor

Salvadori's Antwren

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae


Myrmotherula minor

Camacan, Bahia, Brazil; 6 February 2010 © Ciro Albano

The Salvadori’s Antwren is endemic to southeast Brazil, where most of the recent available records are from the Serra da Bocaina and Serra do Mar in southern Rio de Janeiro and adjacent São Paulo states, although there are also records from Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo, northeast Santa Catarina, and Bahia. The species’ current range appears to be highly fragmented and it is now rare, being consequently listed as Vulnerable according to IUCN criteria. Over its core range, males especially should be easily identified, by the dark grey plumage, with a black bib and white-spotted wing coverts, as the similar White-flanked Antwren (Myrmotherula axillaris) only reaches south to central Rio de Janeiro. The Salvadori’s Antwren is perhaps most frequently encountered within mixed-species flocks of insectivores in the understory; these typically also include various foliage-gleaners, Red-crowned Ant-Tanagers (Habia rubica), and sometimes the only marginally more numerous Unicolored Antwren (Myrmotherula unicolor).

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Salvadori's Antwren (Myrmotherula minor), 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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