Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus)


French: Batara rayé German: Bindenameisenwürger Spanish: Batará barrado

Lanius doliatus


, 1764,

no locality = Suriname


Forms a group with T. ruficapillus, T. subfasciatus, T. torquatus, T. zarumae, T. multistriatus, T. tenuepunctatus and T. palliatus (the “T. doliatus group”). Taxonomy of present species may require revision, and current races may constitute more than one species: taxa N of R Amazon deliver a somewhat faster loudsong than those to the S#R; however, plumage varies considerably within many races, apparently in clinal pattern, and comparisons of morphology with molecular and other characters needed to reconfirm validity of many taxa; current treatment tentative. Proposal to treat caatinga race capistratus as separate species#R was based on a series of minor differences in plumage, morphometrics and voice, without considering all taxa currently included in the species. Other proposed races include yucatanensis (S Mexico) and pacificus (Nicaragua), inseparable from intermedius; fraterculus (N Venezuela), indistinguishable from nominate; and subradiatus (E Peru), novus (Mato Grosso) and signatus (NC Brazil), inseparable from radiatus. In addition, birds from N Colombia, formerly considered a disjunct population of nigricristatus, intergrade with albicans and are included within latter. Twelve subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. d. intermedius Ridgway, 1888 – E Mexico (SE from S Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosí and, on Pacific slope, E from Oaxaca), Belize and Guatemala S to W Panama (W Chiriquí, Bocas del Toro).
  • T. d. nigricristatus Lawrence, 1865 – W & C Panama (E Chiriquí and S Veraguas E to W San Blas).
  • T. d. eremnus Wetmore, 1957 – Coiba I, SW Panama.
  • T. d. nesiotes Wetmore, 1970 – Pearl Is, S Panama.
  • T. d. albicans Lafresnaye, 1844 – N & W Colombia (Caribbean slope from Antioquia and Córdoba E to La Guajira, and S in Magdalena Valley to Huila).
  • T. d. nigrescens Lawrence, 1867 – NE Colombia E of Andes (NE Norte de Santander) and NW Venezuela N of Andes (Zulia, Táchira, W Mérida).
  • T. d. tobagensis E. J. O. Hartert & Goodson, 1917 – Tobago.
  • T. d. doliatus (Linnaeus, 1764) – E Colombia (E Norte de Santander S to Meta and Guainía), Venezuela (except in NW and, apparently, S Bolívar and E Amazonas, but including Margarita I), Trinidad, the Guianas, and N Amazonian Brazil (extreme N Amazonas on upper R Negro, Roraima, Amapá, and N Pará from vicinity of R Trombetas E to Marajó I).
  • T. d. radiatus Vieillot, 1816 – extreme SE Colombia (S Amazonas), NE Ecuador (Napo), E Peru (except N Amazonas and W Loreto), W & SC Brazil (N bank of R Amazon E to vicinity of R Trombetas and, S of R Amazon, E to right bank of R Tapajós and R Aripuanã in W Pará and S to Acre, Mato Grosso do Sul, W Paraná and São Paulo), N & E Bolivia, Paraguay and N & NE Argentina (Salta, Formosa, Santa Fe, Misiones).
  • T. d. cadwaladeri J. Bond & Meyer de Schauensee, 1940 – S Bolivia (Tarija).
  • T. d. difficilis Hellmayr, 1903 – EC Brazil (NE & extreme SE Pará, Maranhão and SW Piauí S to E Mato Grosso, W & S Goiás and extreme W Bahia).
  • T. d. capistratus Lesson, 1840 – E & S Piauí, Ceará and Rio Grande do Norte S to extreme N Minas Gerais and C Bahia.
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16 cm; 24–30 g. Crested; iris typically straw-coloured, but dark in some regions. Male nominate race has bases of central crown feathers extensively white,... read more


    Loudsong an accelerating staccato series (e.g. 20 notes in 3 seconds, but variable) of sharp nasal... read more


    Understorey to mid-storey of deciduous forest, second-growth scrub, riparian scrub, river-edge... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds primarily on insects, including beetles (Coleoptera), true bugs (Hemiptera, Homoptera), orthopterans, ants and lepidopteran larvae,... read more


    Jan–Jun in Costa Rica, Mar–Aug in Panama, Jan–Jun in Guyana, Feb–Sept in French Guiana, Sept–Dec in Brazil... read more


    None recorded; presumed resident throughout range.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally common throughout its extensive range. Adapted to a variety of second-growth and disturbed habitats, making it a low-sensitivity species.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Barred Antshrike (Thamnophilus doliatus). 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 23 January 2020).