Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Bolivian Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus sticturus)


French: Batara à queue tachetée German: Bolivienameisenwürger Spanish: Batará pizarroso boliviano

Thamnophilus sticturus


, 1868,

Engenho do Capitão Gama, Mato Grosso, Brazil


Member of the “T. punctatus group” (which see). Monotypic.


C & E Bolivia (Beni, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz), immediately adjacent Brazil (extreme W parts of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul) and N Paraguay (Alto Paraguay).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 18–20 g. Male has crown black, forehead grey, grey extending deeply into crown; grey upperparts with a few black feathers centrally, white interscapular patch (... read more


Loudsong a series starting slowly and speeding up into rattling trill, rises in frequency and... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of dry semi-deciduous forest with, typically, extensive vine tangles,... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Diet presumably arthropods. Forages in pairs or individually, 1–7 m above ground, progressing by short hops... read more


Almost no information available: egg size, but not coloration, known.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common throughout its rather small range. Unfortunately, this region lacks large protected areas and has recently come under increased... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Bolivian Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus sticturus). 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).