Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Bamboo Antshrike (Cymbilaimus sanctaemariae)


French: Batara des bambous German: Bambusameisenwürger Spanish: Batará de Madre de Dios

Cymbilaimus lineatus sanctaemariae


, 1941,

Victoria, Pando, Bolivia


Previously treated as conspecific with C. lineatus (which see). Monotypic.


Locally in SE Peru (SE Ucayali, Cuzco and Madre de Dios), SW Amazonian Brazil (Acre and Rondônia) and NW Bolivia (Pando, N La Paz and N Beni).

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm; 28–33 g. Large bill. Male has black forehead and crown, remaining plumage narrowly barred black and white; iris dark brown. Distinguished from similar... read more


Loudsong a countable series of 4–20 (typically 10–12) short, dry, strident notes, even... read more


A near-obligate bamboo specialist. Occupies upper strata of thickets of Guadua bamboo... read more

Food and feeding

Stomachs of four birds from Peru revealed remains of several beetles (Coleoptera), a 15-mm short-horned grasshopper (Acrididae), a small... read more


Nothing known.


Presumed resident throughout its range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common in appropriate habitat within its somewhat limited range. Patchy distribution is seemingly based on localized nature of extensive... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Bamboo Antshrike (Cymbilaimus sanctaemariae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 February 2020).