Scaled Antbird Drymophila squamata

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors needed...

Endemic to eastern Brazil, where it occurs from Alagoas to Santa Catarina, the Scaled Antbird is characterized by its striking black-and-white plumage in the male, while the female is clad in shades of brown, black, and white, although its pattern echoes that of her mate. The species is generally common in the understory of lowland and foothill evergreen forest, including second growth, from sea level to approximately 900 m. It seems to be much less dependent on bamboo thickets than some other Drymophila species. In some areas, the Scaled Antbird overlaps geographically and altitudinally with two congeners, the Ferruginous Antbird (Drymophila ferruginea) and Ochre-rumped Antbird (Drymophila ochropyga), but is easily separated from either species using both plumage and voice. Behavior seems broadly similar to that of other congeners, but in comparison to most of these species much more is known about the breeding ecology of the Scaled Antbird.

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Song from male

© Curtis Marantz

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

Recommended Citation

Scaled Antbird (Drymophila squamata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: