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Cercomacra melanaria -Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil-8.jpg
Mato Grosso antbird (Cercomacra melanaria)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Cercomacra
Sclater, PL, 1858

Cercomacra is a genus of passerine birds in the family Thamnophilidae.

The genus was erected by the English zoologist Philip Sclater in 1858.[1] The type species was subsequently designated as the Rio de Janeiro antbird.[2]

The genus contains seven species:[3]

The genus formerly included additional species but when a molecular phylogenetic study published in 2014 found that Cercomacra was polyphyletic the genus was split to create two monophyletic genera and six species were moved to the newly erected genus Cercomacroides.[3][4]


  1. ^ Sclater, Philip Lutley (1858). "Synopsis of the American Ant-birds (Formicariidae). Part II containing the Formicivorinae or Ant-wrens". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. Part 26: 232–254 [244].
  2. ^ Raposo, M.A.; Tello, J.G.; Dickinson, E.C.; Brito, G.R.R. (2015). "Remarks on the name Cercomacra Sclater, 1858 (Aves: Thamnophilidae) and its type species". Zootaxa. 3914 (1): 94–96. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3914.1.9. PMID 25661931.
  3. ^ a b Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Antbirds". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  4. ^ Tello, J.G.; Raposo, M.; Bates, J.M.; Bravo, G.A.; Cadena, C.D.; Maldonado-Coelho, M (2014). "Reassessment of the systematics of the widespread Neotropical genus Cercomacra (Aves: Thamnophilidae)". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 170 (3): 546–565. doi:10.1111/zoj.12116. S2CID 44187523.