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Percnostola rufifrons subcristata - Black-headed antbird (male), Presidente Figueiredo, Amazonas, Brazil.jpg
Black-headed antbird (Percnostola rufifrons)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Percnostola
Cabanis & Heine, 1860

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Percnostola is a genus of insectivorous passerine birds in the family Thamnophilidae.

The genus was erected by the German ornithologists Jean Cabanis and Ferdinand Heine in 1860.[1] The type species is the black-headed antbird.[2] The name of the genus comes from the Ancient Greek words perknos meaning "dark" or "dusky" and stolē meaning "dress" or "clothing".[3]

The genus contains two species:[4]

The genus previously included the white-lined antbird but a genetic study published in 2013 found that it is embedded within Myrmoborus.[5]


  1. ^ Cabanis, Jean; Heine, Ferdinand (1860). Museum Heineanum : Verzeichniss der ornithologischen Sammlung des Oberamtmann Ferdinand Heine, auf Gut St. Burchard vor Halberstadt (in German and Latin). Vol. 2. Halberstadt: R. Frantz. p. 10.
  2. ^ Peters, James Lee, ed. (1951). Check-list of Birds of the World. Vol. 7. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Museum of Comparative Zoology. p. 229.
  3. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 297. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  4. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David; Rasmussen, Pamela, eds. (July 2022). "Antbirds". IOC World Bird List Version 12.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  5. ^ 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.