Chestnut-crested antbird

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Chestnut-crested antbird
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Rhegmatorhina
R. cristata
Binomial name
Rhegmatorhina cristata
(Pelzeln, 1868)

The chestnut-crested antbird (Rhegmatorhina cristata) is a species of bird in the family Thamnophilidae. It is found in Brazil and Colombia. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

This species is a specialist ant-follower that relies on swarms of army ants to flush insects and other arthropods out of the leaf litter.[2][3]

The chestnut-crested antbird was described by the Austrian ornithologist August von Pelzeln in 1868 and given the binomial name Pithys cristata.[4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Rhegmatorhina cristata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22701898A93853588. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22701898A93853588.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ Zimmer, K.; Isler, M.L. (2018) [2003]. del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  3. ^ Willis, Edwin O. (1969). "On the behavior of five species of Rhegmatorhina, ant-following antbirds of the Amazon basin" (PDF). Wilson Bulletin. 81: 362–395.
  4. ^ von Pelzeln, August (1868). Zur Ornithologie Brasiliens : Resultate von Johann Natterers Reisen in den Jahren 1817 bis 1835 (in German and Latin). Vol. 2. Wien: A. Pichler's Witwe & Sohn. pp. 89, 166.