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Hypocnemoides maculicauda - Band-tailed Antbird.JPG
A pair of band-tailed antbirds (Hypocnemoides maculicauda)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Hypocnemoides
Bangs & Penard, 1918

Hypocnemoides maculicauda
Hypocnemoides melanopogon

Hypocnemoides is a genus of passerine bird in the antbird family, Thamnophilidae. It contains two species, the black-chinned antbird (H. melanopogon) and the band-tailed antbird (H. maculicauda).[1] They are found in swampy areas of northern South America. There is limited overlap in their distributions with the band-tailed antbird occurring to the south of the Amazon River and the black-chinned antbird mainly found to the north.[1] They are fairly small birds, 11.5–12 cm in length, with a short tail and longish bill.[1][2] Their plumage is grey with areas of black and white. They forage for food near water in the understorey or on the ground.[2] The name Hypocnemoides is a combination of the genus name Hypocnemis and -oides (Greek for "resembling").[3]

The genus contains two species:[4]


  1. ^ a b c Ridgely, Robert S. & Guy Tudor (1994) The Birds of South America, volume 2: the Suboscine Passerines, University of Texas Press.
  2. ^ a b Schulenberg, Thomas S.; Douglas F. Stotz, Daniel F. Lane, John P. O'Neill & Theodore A. Parker III (2007) Field Guide to the Birds of Peru, Christopher Helm, London. ISBN 9780713686739
  3. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010) Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names, 2nd ed., Christopher Helm, London.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Antbirds". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 6 February 2018.