Wing-banded antbird

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Wing-banded antbird
Myrmornis torquata - Wing-banded Antbird (male)), Carajas National Forest, Pará, Brazil.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Myrmornis
Hermann, 1783
M. torquata
Binomial name
Myrmornis torquata
(Boddaert, 1783)
Myrmornis torquata map.svg

The wing-banded antbird (Myrmornis torquata) is a species of passerine bird in the antbird family, Thamnophilidae. It is placed in the monotypic genus Myrmornis.[2] It is found in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.[1]


The wing-banded antbird was described by French polymath Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon in 1779 in his Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux from a specimen collected in Cayenne, French Guiana.[3] The bird was also illustrated in a hand-coloured plate engraved by François-Nicolas Martinet in the Planches Enluminées D'Histoire Naturelle which was produced under the supervision of Edme-Louis Daubenton to accompany Buffon's text.[4] Neither the plate caption nor Buffon's description included a scientific name but in 1783 the Dutch naturalist Pieter Boddaert coined the binomial name Formicarius torquatus in his catalogue of the Planches Enluminées.[5] The wing-banded antbird is now the only species placed in the genus Myrmornis that was introduced by the French naturalist Johann Hermann in 1783.[6] The generic name combines the Ancient Greek murmēx meaning "ant" and ornis meaning "bird". The specific name torquata or torquatus is the Latin for "collared".[7]

Two subspecies are recognised:[8]

  • M. t. stictoptera (Salvin, 1893) – east Nicaragua to northwest Colombia
  • M. t. torquata (Boddaert, 1783) – Amazonia

The online edition of the Handbook of the Birds of the World treats the two subspecies as separate species: the northern wing-banded antbird (Myrmornis stictoptera) and the southern wing-banded antbird (Myrmornis torquata).[9][10]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2016). "Myrmornis torquata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T103660209A93853152. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103660209A93853152.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ "ITIS Report Myrmornis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
  3. ^ Buffon, Georges-Louis Leclerc de (1779). "Le Palikour ou Fourmilier proprement dit". Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux (in French). Vol. 8. Paris: De L'Imprimerie Royale. pp. 238–240.
  4. ^ Buffon, Georges-Louis Leclerc de; Martinet, François-Nicolas; Daubenton, Edme-Louis; Daubenton, Louis-Jean-Marie (1765–1783). "Le Fourmillier de Cayenne". Planches Enluminées D'Histoire Naturelle. Vol. 7. Paris: De L'Imprimerie Royale. Plate 700 fig. 1.
  5. ^ Boddaert, Pieter (1783). Table des Planches Enluminéez d'Histoire Naturelle, de M. d'Aubenton. Avec les denominations de M.M. de Buffon, Brisson, Edwards, Linnaeus et Latham, precédé d'une Notice des Principaux Ouvrages Zoologiques enluminées. Utrecht: Boddaert. p. 43 Number 700.
  6. ^ Hermann, Johann (1873). Tabula affinitatum animalium (in Latin). Argentorati (Strasbourg): Impensis Joh. Georgii Treuttel, Bibliopolae. pp. 188, 189, 210, 235.
  7. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 264, 388. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  8. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2018). "Antbirds". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  9. ^ del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N; Kirwan, G.M. (2018). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Northern Wing-banded Antbird (Myrmornis stictoptera)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  10. ^ Zimmer, K.; Isler, M.L.; Kirwan, G.M. (2018). del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). "Southern Wing-banded Antbird (Myrmornis torquata)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 16 March 2018.

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