Napo stipple-throated antwren

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Napo stipple-throated antwren
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Epinecrophylla
Species: E. haematonota
Binomial name
Epinecrophylla haematonota
(Sclater, 1857)[2]

The Napo stipple-throated antwren or rufous-backed antwren (Epinecrophylla haematonota) is a species of bird in the family Thamnophilidae. It was formerly placed in the genus Myrmotherula. In 2014, the species name was changed from the nominate subspecies of the stipple-throated antwren when two other former subspecies were reclassified as the Negro stipple-throated antwren and Madeira stipple-throated antwren.[3][4] It is found in eastern Peru and western Brazil in its natural habitat of subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.[5]


The Napo stipple-throated antwren is about 11 cm (4.3 in) long. The male has mainly brown upper parts with a reddish-brown back and rump, and black wing coverts with white speckling and two white bars. The male's throat is black spotted with white, and the sides of the head, the breast and belly are grey. The female is similar to the male but the wing coverts are tipped with buff and the sides of the face and the throat are ochre, the throat sometimes being tinged with red. In both sexes, the colour of the iris is variable and can be orange, dark or whitish, and the tail is brown which distinguishes this species from the rufous-tailed antwren (Epinecrophylla erythrura).[6] The song is a trill of short, staccato notes, first rising in pitch and then descending.[5]


The species is often seen in small mixed flocks of passerine birds moving through the forest and foraging in the lower parts of the canopy. The diet consists mainly of insects and spiders, particularly crickets,[5] and is found on shoots and leaves, with the bird often probing into curled, dead foliage.[6]


E. haematonota is a fairly common bird with a wide range. No particular threats are known, and in the absence of contrary information, the population is presumed to be stable and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated the conservation status of this bird as being of "least concern".[1]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Epinecrophylla haematonota". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Sclater, Philip Lutley (1857). "Characters of some apparently New Species of American Ant-Thrushes". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. 25: 48. 
  3. ^ "IOC Species Name Changes v.4.2". Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ "IOU Species updates 2014". Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Zimmer, K; Isler, M.L. "Stipple-throated Antwren (Myrmotherula haematonota)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Retrieved 30 July 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Ridgely, Robert S.; Tudor, Guy (2009). Field Guide to the Songbirds of South America: The Passerines. University of Texas Press. p. 343. ISBN 978-0-292-71748-0. 

General references[edit]

  • Isler, M., D. Lacerda, P. Isler, S. Hackett, K. Rosenberg, and R. Brumfield (2006). Epinecrophylla, a new genus of antwrens (Aves: Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 119(4): 522-527