Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Band-tailed Antshrike (Thamnophilus melanothorax)


French: Batara de Cayenne German: Schulterflecken-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará guayanés

Thamnophilus melanothorax

P. L. Sclater

, 1857,

Cayenne, French Guiana


See T. melanonotus and T. insignis. Monotypic.


S Guyana#R, Suriname, French Guiana and NE Amazonian Brazil (Amapá; also one reliable sight record from N of Manaus, in Amazonas).

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm; 31 g (one individual). Male is entirely black, except for concealed white scapular patches, small white wing-covert spots, and a broad white band across tail... read more


Loudsong a short (e.g. 7 notes, 3 seconds) series of deep, downward-inflected, somewhat muffled... read more


Not well known. Understorey and, to lesser extent, mid-storey of evergreen forest where dense... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Diet assumed to consist primarily of a variety of insects and other arthropods. Individuals or pairs forage in dense cover, 0... read more


Nothing known.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Poorly known, and should perhaps be given conservation status of Data-deficient. Appears to be a rare, low-density species throughout its range.... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Band-tailed Antshrike (Thamnophilus melanothorax). 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 26 February 2020).