Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Eastern Russet Antshrike (Thamnistes aequatorialis)


French: Batara d’Équateur German: Anden-Rostameisenwürger Spanish: Batará café oriental

Thamnistes æquatorialis

P. L. Sclater

, 1862,

Río Napo, Ecuador


Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. anabatinus, but wing and tail much longer (effect size for male wing 4.25, tail 4.23, score 2); crown and upperparts darker, more olive (1); throat yellower (2); and loudsong takes longer to reach highest frequency (1), with usually more notes (ns[1]) and maximum frequency somewhat higher (1)#R. Three subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. a. gularis Phelps, Sr & Phelps, Jr, 1956 – extreme NW Venezuela (Táchira), possibly extending into NE Colombia.
  • T. a. aequatorialis P. L. Sclater, 1862 – E Andean foothills in Colombia (except perhaps NE), Ecuador and extreme N Peru (N of R Marañón in N Amazonas).
  • T. a. rufescens Cabanis, 1873 – E Andean foothills from Peru (S of R Marañón) S to W & C Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16 cm; 14·5–19·7 g. For differences from formerly conspecific T. anabatinus, see Taxonomy (above). Nominate has crown very dark olive-brown, upperparts olive-... read more


    Loudsong a short (e.g. 1·8 seconds), slightly accelerating trill that mostly rises in pitch and... read more


    Canopy and subcanopy of montane and nearby lowland evergreen forest, and adjacent tall second... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet not well known, although presumably very similar to that of T. anabatinus; beetles (Coleoptera) and their larvae recorded in... read more


    Nothing known.


    None recorded; presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon to fairly common locally, though apparently rare in Venezuela, where known from single locality (Cerro El Teteo,... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Eastern Russet Antshrike (Thamnistes aequatorialis). 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 22 February 2020).