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Plain-throated Antwren - BirdForum Opus

Isleria hauxwelli
Photo © by Momo
Location: La Selva lodge, Ecuador


This bird has a plain throat; the male has black wings with 2 white wing bars, white tips to the tertials and to its tail. The female is olive brown with buff wing bars, and is cinnamon below with a pale throat.


Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.


Three subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • I. h. suffusa
  • I. h. hauxwelli
  • I. h. hellmayri

Formerly placed in genus Myrmotherula.


Subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.


This bird stays fairly close to the ground, at least if Pygmy Antwren or Moustached Antwren is found in the same area.


  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Morton & Stutchbury (2001): Behavioral Ecology of Tropical Birds. Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-675556-6
  3. Birdforum thread discussing the new genus Isleria

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