White-shouldered antbird

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White-shouldered antbird
Akletos melanoceps - White-shouldered Antbird (male); River Moa, Mancio Lima, Acre, Brazil.jpg
Akletos melanoceps - White-shouldered Antbird (female); River Moa, Mancio Lima, Acre, Brazil.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Akletos
A. melanoceps
Binomial name
Akletos melanoceps
(Spix, 1825)
Akletos melanoceps map.svg

Myrmeciza melanoceps

Myrmeciza melanoceps - White-shouldered Antbird (Song)

The white-shouldered antbird (Akletos melanoceps) is a species of bird in the family Thamnophilidae. It is found in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical swamps.

The white-shouldered antbird was described and illustrated by the German naturalist Johann Baptist von Spix in 1825 and given the binomial name Thamnophilus melanoceps.[2] It was subsequently moved to the genus Myrmeciza. A molecular phylogenetic study published in 2013 found that Myrmeciza was polyphyletic.[3] In the resulting rearrangement to create monophyletic genera this species was moved to the resurrected genus Akletos which had been introduced by the Polish ornithologist Andrzej Dunajewski in 1948.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Akletos melanoceps". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ von Spix, Johann Baptist (1825). Avium species novae, quas in itinere per Brasiliam annis MDCCCXVII-MDCCCXX (in Latin). Vol. 2. Monachii (Munich): Typis Franc. Seraph. Hübschmanni. p. 28, Plate 39 fig. 1.
  3. ^ 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 2 February 2018.
  5. ^ Dunajewski, A. (1948). "New races of the Brown Owl, Hedge-Sparrow and a new species of Attila; also a new genus of Cotingidae". Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club. 68: 130–132.
  6. ^ Isler, M.L.; Bravo, G.A.; Brumfield, R.T. (2013). "Inundicola Bravo, Isler, and Brumfield 2013 is a junior synonym of Akletos Dunajewski 1948 (Aves: Passeriformes: Thamnophilidae)". Zootaxa. 3779 (3): 399–400. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3779.3.10. PMID 24871736.

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