Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Banded Antbird (Dichrozona cincta)


French: Grisin sanglé German: Bürzelbinden-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Hormiguero bandeado

Cyphorhinus (Microcerculus) cinctus


, 1868,

São Joaquim, Amazonas, Brazil


Relationships uncertain. Specimens from extreme ends of range differ in plumage coloration; possible races stellata (E Ecuador, W Brazil) and zononota (WC Brazil, N Bolivia) described primarily on basis of darkness and coloration of crown and back, darkness and extent of grey on flanks, and size and number of breast spots, but comparative documentation appears insufficient; further study required. Monotypic.


Extreme SW Venezuela (SW Amazonas), SC & SE Colombia (along E base of Andes S from Meta and E Guainía), E Ecuador, E Peru, and NW & S Amazonian Brazil (upper R Negro drainage, and from W Amazonas E to Pará in the R Xingu drainage and S to Acre and N Rondônia) S to NW Bolivia (Pando, Beni, La Paz).

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 14–15·5 g. Long bill, short tail. Male has thin white supercilium, blackish line through eye, greyish cheek to neck side; crown to upper back cinnamon-... read more


Vocalizes from ground, or low stump or log. Loudsong a long series of drawn-out notes (e.g. 16... read more


Floor of lowland evergreen forest, to 800 m. Mainly, if not entirely, in terra firme... read more

Food and feeding

Not well known. Probably feeds on various insects and other arthropods. Terrestrial; walks slowly on forest floor, forages mainly by... read more


Little known. Single described nest from E Ecuador, an open cup placed 0·1 m above ground in fork of low bush in forest; two tiny, bob-... read more


None recorded; presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Status not well known; generally considered uncommon and somewhat locally distributed throughout its extensive range. Range encompasses several... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Banded Antbird (Dichrozona cincta). 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).