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Common Scale-backed Antbird - BirdForum Opus

Male, Subspecies lepidonota
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Podocarpus National Park, Zamora-Chinchipe Province, Peru, 13 November 2014
Willisornis poecilinotus

Hylophylax poecilinotus


Photo © by Thibaud
Pasco, Peru, 19 February, 2020

12–13 cm

  • Grey overal plumage
  • Black patches, edged white on lower back
  • Black wings and tail


South America: found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil


Was formerly included in Scale-backed Antbird together with Xingu Scale-backed Antbird.
Formerly placed in genus Hylophylax.


Five subspecies recognized[1]:


Mostly found in terra firma forests in the understorey.



They eat a variety of insects, larva, arthropods and occasionally small lizards They are sometimes seen with other species near army ant swarms.


They construct cup shaped nests from fibres, dry grass, and palm leaves, sometimes using natural cavities. The clutch normally consists of two pinkish eggs with reddish spots and streaks. Both adults incubate the eggs. After fledging the adults care for one chick each.


    1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  1. Zimmer, K., M.L. Isler, and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Common Scale-backed Antbird (Willisornis poecilinotus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.scbant3.01
  2. SACC proposal no 286 and proposal no 340 to change genus of this species
  3. Birdforum thread discussing splitting Scale-backed Antbird

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