Herpsilochmus gentryi

The Ancient Antwren is a species of bird in the Thamnophilidae family. It is found in Ecuador and Peru. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. It is threatened by habitat loss.

The Herpsilochmus gentryi is classified as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

Range & population Herpsilochmus gentryi occurs in the Mara More

Herpsilochmus gentryi, the Ancient Antwren, is described from northern Amazonian Peru and from one locality in southeastern Ecuador. As for several other recently described birds, the new species was first identified by voice. Herpsilochmus gentryi is restricted to two structurally distinct kinds of terra firme forest, growing on nutrient-poor, podzolic and quartzitic soils; its distribution is almost entirely edaphically controlled. Morphological and vocal comparisons strongly indicate a sister relationship with H. stictocephalus of the widely disjunct Guianan region. More

Herpsilochmus gentryi is the first bird discovered by Jos´┐Ż 'Pepe' Alvarez and his colleague Bret Whitney, an ornithologist and research associate at Louisiana State University. They named it after Alwyn... Click here for more information. - Much of Alvarez's work has focused on the white-sand forests of Peru, a nutrient-poor type of ecosystem that some scientists consider the most fragile forest type in the Amazon. More

Order : Passeriformes
Family : Thamnophilidae
Genus : Herpsilochmus
Species : gentryi
Authority : Whitney and Alvarez Alonso, 1998