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Herpsilochmus parkeri

Ash-throated Antwren

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Monotypic

Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Guy M. Kirwan

Ash-throated Antwren is a poorly known species that is restricted to a very small region in the Andean foothills in northern Peru. The male is primarily light gray, with a black cap and line through the eye, a white supercilium, and black wings with white wing bars. The male is similar to several other members of the Bahia Antwren group (Herpsilochmus pileatus and related species), although Ash-throated Antwren is more strongly washed with gray on the throat and breast. The female Ash-throated differs from the females of related species by the distinct buff supercilium, throat, and breast. Ash-throated Antwren forages, usually in pairs, in the subcanopy and canopy of humid montane forest, usually as a member of mixed species flocks containing other species of insectivorous birds. Otherwise very little is known about this species. Ash-throated Antwren is considered to be Endangered, due to its very small distribution and ongoing habitat destruction within this region.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S., and Guy M. Kirwan. 2011. Ash-throated Antwren (Herpsilochmus parkeri), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Montane evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Canopy
  • Foraging Behavior:Glean
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Mixed Flocks
  • Mating System:Unknown
  • Nest Form:Undescribed
  • Clutch: -
  • IUCN Status:Endangered