Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Fasciated Antshrike (Cymbilaimus lineatus)


French: Batara fascié German: Zebraameisenwürger Spanish: Batará lineado

Lanius lineatus


, 1814,

Berbice = New Amsterdam, Guyana


Previously treated as conspecific with C. sanctaemariae, but they are sympatric almost throughout latter’s range. Race intermedius appears inseparable on plumage from fasciatus; proposed race brangeri, apparently indistinguishable from fasciatus and falling within its geographical range, seems best synonymized. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. l. fasciatus Ridgway, 1884 – extreme SE Honduras (El Paraíso), Caribbean slope in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, both slopes in Panama (on Pacific slope locally from Chiriquí to Coclé and in E), W & N Colombia (S in Magdalena Valley to Caldas), NW Venezuela (both Andean slopes E to Mérida and Barinas) and NW Ecuador (Esmeraldas, N Los Ríos).
  • C. l. intermedius E. J. O. Hartert & Goodson, 1917 – S Venezuela (W Bolívar, Amazonas), S Colombia (S from Meta and Guainía), E Ecuador, E Peru, NW & S Amazonian Brazil (E to R Branco and R Negro and, S of R Amazon, E to R Tocantins and S to Acre, Rondônia, Mato Grosso and S Goiás#R) and NW & extreme E Bolivia (Pando, La Paz, E Santa Cruz).
  • C. l. lineatus (Leach, 1814) – E Venezuela (E Bolívar) E to French Guiana and S to NE Amazonian Brazil (N of R Amazon and E of R Branco and R Negro in Amazonas, Pará and Amapá).
  • Descriptive notes

    17–18 cm; 35–40 g. Heavy bill. Male nominate race has forehead and crown black with a few extremely narrow white bars; remaining plumage narrowly barred black and... read more


    Loudsong an evenly paced series of 3–10 plaintive, lazily delivered whistles, notes longer... read more


    Vine tangles and dense mid-storey canopy of lowland evergreen forest, both at edge and in interior... read more

    Food and feeding

    Variety of mostly large insects, including Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets, katydids), beetles (Curculionidae), hemipteran bugs (... read more


    Apr–Jun in Costa Rica and Jul–Nov in Amazonian Brazil; fledgling being fed in Oct in Surinam and in Sept in French Guiana.... read more


    Presumed resident throughout range.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common to uncommon throughout its extensive range, which includes numerous formally protected areas, as well as vast areas of unprotected but still... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Fasciated Antshrike (Cymbilaimus lineatus). 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 20 February 2020).