Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Glossy Antshrike (Sakesphorus luctuosus)


French: Batara luisant German: Trauerameisenwürger Spanish: Batará luctuoso

Lanius luctuosus

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1823,

Cametá, Pará, Brazil


SE populations sometimes split as race araguayae (as in HBW), but recent study#R reveals main distinguishing character (longer white tips of rectrices) to be result of clinal variation, while size of white edges on scapulars (supposedly broader on araguayae) shows extensive individual variation. Same study found that form hagmanni, long treated as junior synonym of present species, is distinctive and may represent a separate species; further investigation needed. Monotypic.


C & E Amazonian Brazil, on both banks and along S tributaries, from EC Amazonas E to Pará and Tocantins and S to NE Rondônia, N & SE Mato Grosso and Goiás.

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 27–33 g. Prominent crest. Male is black, with dark grey on posterior upperparts and underparts, partially concealed white under scapulars, and large white tail... read more


Loudsong a moderately long (3–6 seconds) accelerating series of 8–20 strident clear... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of flooded evergreen forest, riparian forest and adjacent humid second... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds primarily on a variety of insects, including true bugs (Hemiptera), katydids (Tettigoniidae), beetles (including Curculionidae) and... read more


Only one nest known, found in Dec in SE Pará (R Itacaiunas): described as a pendent bag c. 8 cm deep, made of dark, fibrous plant... read more


Presumed resident throughout range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Generally fairly common throughout its range, which includes extensive areas of suitable habitat, some of which are formally protected, e.g.... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Glossy Antshrike (Sakesphorus luctuosus). 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).