Long-winged Antwren (Myrmotherula longipennis)

Order: Passeriformes | Family: Thamnophilidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Males | Loc. Amazonia, Brazil | Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Manaus, Brazil

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Sucumbios, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Manaus, Brazil

Identification & Behavior: ~10.5 cm (4.1 in). The male Long-winged Antwren is gray with a black bib.  It has white wing bars and a concealed white patch under the scapulars. The tail is narrowly fringed with white on the tip. The female is variable showing brownish upperparts and brown to rufous-brown underparts. Both sexes flick the wings in a characteristic manner. It forages in the mid-story of the forest often with mixed species flocks. It is similar to the black-throated sub-species of the Gray Antwren (south of the Amazon) but is distinguished by larger size, darker plumage, more extensive black on the throat and breast, and by not waging the tail from side to side as does the Gray Antwren. Also, see Ihering’s Antwren.

Status: The Long-winged Antwren is fairly common and widespread in Amazonia where it is known to range up to 900 m along the foothill of the Andes. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Hormiguerito de Ala Larga.

Sub-species: Long-winged Antwren (Myrmotherula longipennis longipennis), Pelzeln, 1868.  S Venezuela (Bolívar, Amazonas), the Guianas, N Amazonian Brazil (E to Amapá), SE Colombia, extreme NE Ecuador (N of R Napo) and extreme N Peru (Loreto N of R Napo and R Amazon).
(Myrmotherula longipennis zimmeri), Chapman, 1925.  E Ecuador (S of R Napo) and NE Peru (S of R Napo, N of R Amazon and R Marañón).
(Myrmotherula longipennis garbei), H. von Ihering, 1905.  E Peru (S of R Amazon & R Marañón), SW Amazonian Brazil (E to R Madeira) and NW Bolivia (Pando, La Paz).

Meaning of Name: Myrmotherula: Gr. Combination word myrmothera= a genus (Velliot,1916, antpitta) Myrmotherula= diminutive of Myrmothera. longipennis: L. longus= long and penna, pennis= feather, winged, feathered.

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Distribution Maplong-winged antwren