Band-tailed Antbird Hypocnemoides maculicauda

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg and Guy M. Kirwan

The Band-tailed Antbird is a common species that typically forages in close-knit pairs in the understory of seasonally flooded and gallery forests in the lowlands. It is distributed across much of southern Amazonia, as well as in adjacent regions, such as the Pantanal. In its morphology and behavior, the Band-tailed Antbird is very similar to its sole congeneric, the Black-chinned Antbird (Hypocnemoides melanopogon), whose range appears to be very largely allopatric with that of the present species. The Band-tailed Antbird normally feeds on insects and spiders, which are searched for low above the ground, sometimes just above the water level along riverbanks and at the edge of oxbow lakes.


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

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and G. M. Kirwan (2011). Band-tailed Antbird (Hypocnemoides maculicauda), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.