Grey-headed antbird

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Grey-headed antbird
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Ampelornis
Isler, Bravo & Brumfield, 2013
A. griseiceps
Binomial name
Ampelornis griseiceps
(Chapman, 1923)

Myrmeciza griseiceps

The grey-headed antbird (Ampelornis griseiceps) is a species of bird in the family Thamnophilidae. It is found in Ecuador and Peru.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.

The grey-headed antbird was described by the American ornithologist Frank Chapman in 1923 and given the binomial name Myrmoderus griseiceps.[2] It was later placed in the genus Myrmeciza but a molecular phylogenetic study published in 2013 found that the genus Myrmeciza, as then defined, was polyphyletic.[3] In the resulting rearrangement to create monophyletic genera the gray-headed antbird was moved to a newly erected genus Ampelornis. The name combines the Ancient Greek words ampelos "vine" and ornis "bird".[3] The genus is monotypic.[4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Ampelornis griseiceps". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22701847A93851450. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22701847A93851450.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ Chapman, Frank M. (1923). Descriptions of proposed new Formicariidae and Dendrocolaptidae. American Museum Novitates. New York: American Museum of Natural History. p. 6. hdl:2246/4633.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2017). "Antbirds". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 30 January 2018.

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