Black-headed antbird

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Black-headed antbird
Percnostola rufifrons subcristata - Black-headed antbird (male), Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas, Brazil.jpg
male (subspecies subcristata) at Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas state, Brazil
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Percnostola
P. rufifrons
Binomial name
Percnostola rufifrons
(Gmelin, 1789)
Percnostola rufifrons map.svg

The black-headed antbird (Percnostola rufifrons) is a species of bird in the family Thamnophilidae. It is found in Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Some authorities now regard the subspecies "minor" as a separate species with the English name Amazonas antbird.

It was described as a separate species by A. P. Capparella, Gary H. Rosenberg & Steven W. Cardiff in Ornithological Monographs 48, Studies in Neotropical Ornithology honoring Ted Parker, 1997, p. 165-170 but most authorities still maintain it as a sub-species of Black-headed Antbird P. rufifrons on the grounds that the voices and plumage are practically identical.

This putative species is found in Amazonian Brazil and adjacent areas of Venezuela, Colombia and Peru. It is found in humid forests and secondary woodland often on sandy soil.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Percnostola rufifrons". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22701752A93847880. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22701752A93847880.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.