Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Bar-crested Antshrike (Thamnophilus multistriatus)


French: Batara de Lafresnaye German: Streifenameisenwürger Spanish: Batará crestibarrado

Thamnophilus multistriatus


, 1844,

Bogotá, Colombia


Belongs to the “T. doliatus group” (which see). See also T. palliatus. Morphological characteristics distinguishing races appear to be clinal (with possible exception of selvae); however, ranges of most are probably disjunct, so careful study of differences needed. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. m. brachyurus Todd, 1927 – W Colombia in W Andes (except at R San Juan headwaters) and W slope of C range, in W & C Antioquia, Quindío, Valle del Cauca and W Cauca.
  • T. m. selvae Meyer de Schauensee, 1950 – W slope of W Andes at headwaters of R San Juan (in Risaralda and Caldas, Colombia).
  • T. m. multistriatus Lafresnaye, 1844 – E slope of C Andes and W slope of E range, in Santander, E Antioquia, E Caldas, W Cundinamarca, E Tolima, Huila and E Nariño, Colombia.
  • T. m. oecotonophilus Borrero & Hernández, 1958 – extreme W Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá) and NC Colombia (W slope of E Andes in Norte de Santander and Boyacá).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16·5 cm; 21–23 g. Crested; yellowish iris. Male is barred black and white throughout, including crown, except for streaked area from nape to throat. Female is... read more


    Loudsong a rapidly accelerating series of 16–20 nasal notes, pitch obviously falling towards... read more


    Understorey to canopy of deciduous forest, second-growth scrub, and foothill and montane evergreen... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little known. Assumed to feed mostly on various insects and arthropods; stomach contents included seeds of a pomegranate (Punica... read more


    Evidence of breeding in Mar–Jun in Colombia. Nest undescribed. Eggs reported as whitish, thickly spotted and streaked with red-brown... read more


    None recorded; presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Although occupying a fairly small range, this species is considered fairly common. Its preference for edge and second-growth habitats renders it of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Bar-crested Antshrike (Thamnophilus multistriatus). 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).