Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Chapman's Antshrike (Thamnophilus zarumae)


French: Batara de Chapman German: Fahlflanken-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará de Chapman

Thamnophilus zarumæ


, 1921,

Zaruma, El Oro, Ecuador


Belongs to the “T. doliatus group” (which see). Previously thought to be closest to T. doliatus and treated as conspecific, but differs in morphology and vocalizations. More recent genetic analysis#R indicates that it is sister to a clade containing T. multistriatus, T. tenuepunctatus and T. palliatus. Plumage differences between races may be clinal. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. z. zarumae Chapman, 1921 – SW Ecuador (El Oro, Loja) and NW Peru (Tumbes, NE Piura).
  • T. z. palamblae J. T. Zimmer, 1933 – NW Peru (SE Piura, E Lambayeque).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 21–23 g. Crested; iris greyish-yellow or brown. Male has forehead heavily spotted black and white, black crown sparsely spotted white, white throat and... read more


    Loudsong constructed of three distinctive parts: an accelerating series of 12–13 sharp nasal... read more


    Understorey to canopy of semi-arid deciduous forest, adjacent semi-humid forest and secondary scrub... read more

    Food and feeding

    Not well known. Feeds on variety of insects and other arthropods, including lepidopteran larvae, orthopterans and spiders. Individuals or... read more


    Nothing known.


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Tumbesian Region EBA. Ongoing deforestation, which has been particularly severe in the Ecuadorian parts of this... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Chapman's Antshrike (Thamnophilus zarumae). 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).