Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Black-hooded Antshrike (Thamnophilus bridgesi)


French: Batara capucin German: Kapuzenameisenwürger Spanish: Batará negruzco

Thamnophilus bridgesi

P. L. Sclater

, 1856,

David, Chiriquí, Panama


Closest to T. bernardi (with T. shumbae) and T. atrinucha#R. Monotypic.


Pacific slope in Costa Rica (except extreme NW) and W Panama (Chiriquí, S Veraguas, Los Santos).

Descriptive notes

16 cm; 26–27 g. Male is black, except for white interscapular patch, small white dots on wing-coverts, white tips on outer tail feathers, dark grey posterior underparts... read more


Loudsong a moderately long (e.g. 18 notes, 2·5 seconds) series of abrupt, dry notes,... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of evergreen forest, transitional semi-deciduous forest, taller second-... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on variety of insects, particularly orthopterans such as crickets (Gryllidae), grasshoppers and katydids (Ensifera... read more


Feb–Sept in Costa Rica. Nest a roomy open cup of fine, dark rootlets and other filamentous fibres, bound with cobweb to its supports... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in South Central American Pacific Slope EBA. Locally common within its tiny range. Occurs in a number of parks and... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Black-hooded Antshrike (Thamnophilus bridgesi). 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).