Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Dull-mantled Antbird (Sipia laemosticta)


French: Alapi tabac German: Grauscheitel-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Homiguero guardarribera occidental

Myrmeciza læmosticta


, 1865,

Tucurriquí, Costa Rica


Until recently treated as conspecific with S. palliata (which see). Monotypic.


Costa Rica (Caribbean slope) and Panama (locally on both slopes E from Veraguas and San Blas).

Descriptive notes

12·5–15 cm; 25 g. Male has head to neck-sides and upper mantle blackish grey, upperparts dark reddish brown, often with black spots visible at edges of white... read more


Male loudsong a countable series (e.g. eight notes, 1·8 seconds) of short notes, begins with... read more


Understorey and floor of wet evergreen forest; mostly at 300–850 m, locally to near sea-level... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on various insects and other arthropods, such as spiders. Recorded prey in Costa Rica includes beetles (Coleoptera... read more


Three nests, all found in late Apr–late May in Costa Rica, were rim-suspended, tightly woven open cups comprising various different... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon and patchily distributed throughout rather limited range. Main strongholds in Costa Rica, where locally fairly... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L., de Juana, E. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Dull-mantled Antbird (Sipia laemosticta). 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 25 February 2020).