Ornate Antwren Epinecrophylla ornata

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
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  • © Bruno RennĂ³

A relatively typical member of the stipple-throated assemblage of antwrens recently afforded separate generic treatment from the rest of the genus Myrmotherula within which they were long placed, the Ornate Antwren is subdivided into five generally recognized subspecies, although some may require re-evaluation, and others might warrant separate specific status. Males are mainly gray-bodied with a neat black throat-patch, and bold, white-spotted wing coverts, while some subspecies exhibit a small rufous mantle patch. Females, in contrast, are tinged cinnamon below and are more olive above, with a black-and-white stippled throat, and again some taxa possess a rufous mantle. Overall, the Ornate Antwren occurs from east Amazonian Brazil west, south of the Amazon, to southeast Peru and northwest Bolivia, and north to the Andean foothills in east-central Colombia, with the species’ altitudinal range encompassing areas around sea level to approximately 1500 m. In some areas it appears to be closely tied to bamboo thickets.

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

Recommended Citation

Ornate Antwren (Epinecrophylla ornata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/ornant1