Restinga Antwren Formicivora littoralis

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Flávia G. Chaves, Maurício B. Vecchi, Tonny Marques de Oliveira Jr., Yara Ballarini, and Maria Alice S. Alves


Geographic Variation

 Formicivora littoralis is monotypic.

Related Species

Described as Formicivora serrana littoralis Gonzaga and Pacheco 1990; type locality Maçambaba Beach, Arraial do Cabo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This species was initially described in 1990 as a subspecies of Formicivora serrana (Gonzaga and Pacheco 1990). Collar and colleagues (1992) considered the bird a species based on morphological and ecological differences reported in the work of Gonzaga and Pacheco (1990). Firme and Raposo (2011) analyzed morphological features, plumage, and vocalization, and found no diagnosable features that would render the taxon a valid species. However, there are no publications of genetic studies that may help to elucidate the taxonomy of this bird.¿ Therefore, Firme and Raposo (2011) still consider the Restinga Antwren a subspecies of the Serrana Antwren.

Recommended Citation

Chaves, F. G., M. B. Vecchi, T. Marques de Oliveira Jr., Y. Ballarini, and M. A. S. Alves (2014). Restinga Antwren (Formicivora littoralis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.