Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Black-throated Antshrike (Frederickena viridis)


French: Batara à gorge noire German: Schwarzkehl-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará gorjinegro

Thamnophilus viridis


, 1816,

Cayenne, French Guiana




SE Venezuela (Bolívar), the Guianas and NE Amazonian Brazil (N of R Amazon and E of lower R Negro and upper R Branco to Amapá).

Descriptive notes

19–20 cm; 65–75 g. Heavy bill, crest. Male is mostly slate-grey, with black head, throat and breast, faint white bars on tail. Female has crest, nape, upperparts... read more


Loudsong a series of 6–15 (typically 10–11) long, plaintive, downward-inflected... read more


Understorey of lowland evergreen forest, to 700 m. Appears to be more common in habitats based on... read more

Food and feeding

Not well known. Feeds on a variety of insects and other arthropods, including lamellicorn beetles (Lamellicornia), ants, larvae of... read more


Little known. Oct–Mar in Surinam. Single nest described, an open basket in fork of twiggy branches in low shrub, within shaded... read more


Presumed resident throughout its range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Seemingly an uncommon to rare, low-density species throughout most of its range, which includes large areas of intact suitable habitat. Occurs in... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Black-throated Antshrike (Frederickena viridis). 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).