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Hylophylax naevia.jpg
Spot-backed antbird (Hylophylax naevius)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Hylophylax
Ridgway, 1909

Hylophylax is a genus of bird in the family Thamnophilidae.

The genus Hylophylax was erected by the American ornithologist Robert Ridgway in 1909 with the spotted antbird as the type species.[1] It contains three species:[2]

The common scale-backed antbird was formerly included in Hylophylax. A molecular study found that it was not closely related to the other species and it was therefore moved to a newly erected genus Willisornis.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ Ridgway, Robert (1909). "New genera, species and subspecies of Formicariidae, Furnariidae, and Dendrocolaptidae". Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 22: 69–74 [70].
  2. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Antbirds". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  3. ^ Agne, C.E.Q.; Pacheco, J.F. (2007). "A homonymy in Thamnophilidae: a new name for Dichropogon Chubb". Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia. 15 (3): 484–485. Archived from the original on 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  4. ^ Revive the genus Dichropogon - South American Classification Committee (2007)
  5. ^ Reassign Dichropogon to Willisornis - South American Classification Committee (2008)