Grey-bellied antbird

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Grey-bellied antbird
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Ammonastes
Bravo, Isler, ML & Brumfield, 2013
A. pelzelni
Binomial name
Ammonastes pelzelni
(Sclater, PL, 1890)
Ammonastes pelzelni map.svg

Myrmeciza pelzelni

The grey-bellied antbird (Ammonastes pelzelni) is a species of passerine bird in the family Thamnophilidae. It is found in the northwestern Amazon Basin. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

The grey-bellied antbird was originally described by the English zoologist Philip Sclater in 1890 and given the binomial name Myrmeciza pelzelni.[2] The specific epithet was chosen to honour the Austrian ornithologist August von Pelzeln (1825–1891).[3] A molecular phylogenetic study published in 2013 found that the genus Myrmeciza was polyphyletic.[4] In the resulting rearrangement to create monophyletic genera the grey-bellied antbird was moved to its own genus Ammonastes.[5] The name of the genus combines the Ancient Greek words ammos "sand" and nastes "inhabitant" as the grey-bellied antbird occurs in vegetation growing on sandy soil.[4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Ammonastes pelzelni". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22701823A93850351. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22701823A93850351.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ Sclater, Philip (1890). Catalogue of the Birds in the British Museum. Vol. 15. London: British Museum. pp. 278, 283.
  3. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 296. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  4. ^ a b Isler, M.L.; Bravo, G.A.; Brumfield, R.T. (2013). "Taxonomic revision of Myrmeciza (Aves: Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae) into 12 genera based on phylogenetic, morphological, behavioral, and ecological data" (PDF). Zootaxa. 3717 (4): 469–497. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3717.4.3. PMID 26176119.
  5. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2017). "Antbirds". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 30 January 2018.