Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Dusky-throated Antshrike (Thamnomanes ardesiacus)


French: Batara ardoisé German: Schwarzkinn-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Batará gorjioscuro

Dysithamnus ardesiacus

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1868,

Río Napo, Ecuador


Sometimes placed in genus Dysithamnus. Closely related to T. saturninus and has been treated as conspecific; taxonomic study of populations needed. Races appear to intergrade; specimens in N part of range of nominate approach obidensis in extent of black on male throat, and region in E Colombia that is said to separate races is poorly known ornithologically; further work required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. a. ardesiacus (P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1868) – SC & SE Colombia (near base of Andes S from Meta and C Caquetá, also extreme SE Amazonas) S to E Peru (except SE Loreto S of Amazon and E of R Ucayali), NE Bolivia (Pando, NW La Paz) and adjacent Brazil (SE Acre).
  • T. a. obidensis (E. Snethlage, 1914) – E & S Venezuela (Delta Amacuro, Bolívar, Amazonas), the Guianas, E Colombia (Guainía, E Vaupés) and N Amazonian Brazil (R Negro drainage to N Pará and Amapá, and S of R Amazon from Tefé to lower R Purus).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14 cm; 16–19 g. Male nominate race is darkish grey, paler on belly, small white interscapular patch (sometimes absent), tail slightly tipped white; often some... read more


    Loudsong a moderately long series of notes (e.g. 12 notes, 3 seconds) that gradually become shorter... read more


    Understorey of lowland evergreen forest, to 1050 m. Primarily in terra firme forest; less... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds mostly on various insects, also other arthropods. In study of stomach contents of nine specimens from S Peru, four-fifths of all... read more


    Nests and/or young in Jun–Oct in French Guiana; fledgling in Oct in Brazil (Manaus). In French Guiana, cup-nest of fungal (... read more


    None recorded; presumed resident throughout its range.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Considered fairly common throughout its large range. Range includes numerous parks and reserves: examples are Canaíma, Duida and Yapacana... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Dusky-throated Antshrike (Thamnomanes ardesiacus). 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 24 February 2020).