White-plumed Antbird Pithys albifrons

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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The White-plumed Antbird is one of the more spectacular antbirds in the genus Pithys, and is widespread across the lowlands of northern Amazonia, including Venezuela and the Guyanas. It is found in humid terra firme forest, and is mostly associated with army ant swarms. The adults are unmistakable with a chestnut body and tail, gray back and wings, a gray head and face with elaborate white “plumes” in the facial region forming a pointy crest. Young birds not nearly as exciting, being dull chestnut below, and grayish-brown above, lacking the white plumes. The only other member of the genus is the White-masked Antbird (Pithys castaneus), which is a local resident of varillals in white sand regions of extreme northern Peru. The White-plumed Antbird is a regular attendant of army ant swarms along with the Bicolored Antbird (Gymnopithys leucaspis), where they perch low above the ground and forage on insects escaping the ants. Song is a very thin clear whistle “peeeew.” Like most other antbirds that follow ant swarms, it gives a low “churrrrrrr.”

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

Recommended Citation

White-plumed Antbird (Pithys albifrons), 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/whpant1