Biology:Silvery-flanked antwren

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Short description: Species of bird

Silvery-flanked antwren
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Scientific classification edit
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Thamnophilidae
Genus: Myrmotherula
M. luctuosa
Binomial name
Myrmotherula luctuosa
Pelzeln, 1868
Myrmotherula luctuosa map.svg

The silvery-flanked antwren (Myrmotherula luctuosa) is an insectivorous bird in the antbird family Thamnophilidae. It is found in the coastal region of central Brazil.


This species was described by the Austrian ornithologist August von Pelzeln in 1868 and given its current binomial name Myrmotherula luctuosa.[2] It was formerly treated as a subspecies of the white-flanked antwren (Myrmotherula axillaris).[3] The species is monotypic.[4]


The silvery-flanked antwren is 9–10 cm (3.5–3.9 in) in length. The male is grey above with a black throat and belly. The female has a pale grey head, olive-grey back, brown wings and ochre underparts.[3]


  1. BirdLife International (2017). "Myrmotherula luctuosa". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T103657471A112309679. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T103657471A112309679.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021. 
  2. von Pelzeln, August (1868) (in German, Latin). Zur Ornithologie Brasiliens : Resultate von Johann Natterers Reisen in den Jahren 1817 bis 1835. 2. Wien: A. Pichler's Witwe & Sohn. pp. 82, 153. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 del Hoyo, J.; Collar, N.; Kirwan, G.M. (2018). "Silvery-flanked Antwren (Myrmotherula luctuosa)". in del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J. et al.. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 17 February 2018. 
  4. Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds (2018). "Antbirds". World Bird List Version 8.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 23 February 2018. 

Wikidata ☰ Q12264004 entry