Ash-throated Antwren Herpsilochmus parkeri

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Schulenberg, Thomas S. and Guy M. Kirwan
  • Ash-throated Antwren male
  • © Lawrence B. McQueen

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.


© Thomas S Schulenberg

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, Thomas S. and Guy M. Kirwan. 2014. Ash-throated Antwren (Herpsilochmus parkeri), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.