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Russet Antshrike, Thamnistes anabatinus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Tyranni
Infraorder: Tyrannides
Superfamily: Thamnophiloidea
Family: Thamnophilidae
Subfamily: Myrmornithinae
Sundevall, 1872
  • Myrmornis Hermann, 1783
    • Myrmornis torquata (Boddaert, 1783)
  • Thamnistes Sclater, PL & Salvin, 1860
    • Thamnistes anabatinus Sclater, PL & Salvin, 1860
  • Pygiptila Sclater, PL, 1858
    • Pygiptila stellaris (von Spix, 1825)

Myrmornithinae is a subfamily of antbirds in the family Thamnophilidae.


In the Russet Antshrike, the sexes are the same, with brownish plumage and fairly stout bill; it is unusual among the antshrikes in that the sexes are alike, males lack grey or black.[1] The Spot-winged Antshrike resembles a Thamnophilus antbird with disproportionately short tail and long bill.[1] Wing-banded Antbird is an oddly proportioned, chunky antbird with short legs, stubby tail and long bill.[1]


Wing-banded is mainly terrestrial, shuffling about inside humid lowland forests.[1] Russet in arboreal antshrike mainly in forests on Andean slopes,[1] inhabits canopy and sub-canopy of montane and lowland forest and secondary growth.[2] Spot-winged is a canopy-inhabiting antshrike found widely in Amazonia.[1]



It contains the following species:


  1. ^ a b c d e f Ridgely, Robert S.; Tudor, Guy; Brown, William L. (1994). The Birds of South America: The suboscine passerines. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. p. 771. ISBN 0-292-77063-4. 
  2. ^ van Perlo, Ber (2015). A Field Guide to the Birds of South America: Passerines: Sapayoa to Finches. Harper Collins Publishers Ltd. ISBN 9780007477968. 

Wrybill This article is part of Project Bird Subfamilies, a All Birds project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each bird subfamily, including made-up families.