Family Ground-antbirds (Formicariidae)

Least Concern

Barred Antthrush (Chamaeza mollissima)


French: Tétéma barré German: Bindenbrust-Ameisendrossel Spanish: Tovacá barrado

Chamæza mollissima

P. L. Sclater

, 1855,

Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia


Birds from Cordillera de Colán (N Peru) somewhat intermediate in plumage between nominate race and yungae. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. m. mollissima P. L. Sclater, 1855 – Colombia in middle and upper Cauca Valley and upper Magdalena Valley, and S on E slope of Andes (from E Nariño, possibly from Meta) to N Peru (N of R Marañón, also just S of there on Cordillera de Colán).
  • C. m. yungae Carriker, 1935 – from SE Peru (Vilcabamba Mts, in Cuzco; recently sound-recorded in S Cerros del Sira, in SW Ucayali#R) to C Bolivia (Yungas of Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    19–20·5 cm; two males 69 g and 80 g, three females 72–77 g. Adult has whitish lores, postocular streak narrowly barred black and white, black auriculars with some... read more


    Song 6–30 seconds long (longest at high excitement), a series of similar notes at even pace... read more


    Undisturbed cloudforest and humid-wet montane forest, in dense undergrowth with fallen trees... read more

    Food and feeding

    Few data on diet; one stomach held small seeds. Alone or in pairs, very secretive. Walks and runs on forest floor, pumping tail, which... read more


    Specimen changing from juvenile to immature plumage in Nov in SE Peru (Puno). Sings from ground or slightly elevated perch. No other... read more


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Very local; rare in Peru. Generally very rare to rare in Ecuador, but fairly common in Gran Sumaco National Park. Occurs in several other protected... read more

    Recommended citation

    Krabbe, N.K. & Schulenberg, T.S. (2020). Barred Antthrush (Chamaeza mollissima). 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).