Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Klages's Antbird (Drymophila klagesi)


French: Grisin de Klages German: Küstenkordilleren-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí del Perijá

Drymophila caudata klagesi

Hellmayr and Seilern

, 1912,

Los Palmales, Sucre, Venezuela


Until recently considered conspecific with D. caudata (along with D. hellmayri and D. striaticeps), but acoustic and genetic data#R indicate significant differences. Differs from D. caudata in its greatly reduced streaking on throat and breast of male (2); male loudsong with typically two vs four to six (2) even vs rising (2) introductory notes#R; and occurrence at low elevation (500–1800 m) vs high (1800–2300 m) (1); from D. hellmayri in its greyish vs reddish-tinged grey uppertail (1); greatly reduced streaking on throat and breast of male (2); lack of black subterminal tailband (1); no preceding overslurred note in male loudsong (2), and both long-note call and short-note call differing in certain characters (allow 1); and from D. striaticeps in its greatly reduced streaking on throat and breast of male (2); black patch on mid-crown to hindcrown vs none in male (2); occurrence at low elevation (500–1800 m) vs high (1800–2300 m) (1); male loudsong with lower maximum frequency of the two introductory notes (2) plus no preceding overslurred note (2). Birds of Sierra de Perijá previously separated as race aristeguietana but in recent revision no genetic, vocal or plumage differences detected#R. Monotypic.

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Sierra de Perijá and elsewhere in highlands of NE Colombia (E slope of E Andes in S Norte de Santander) and N Venezuela.

Descriptive notes

14·5–15·5 cm. Both sexes are very similar to respective adults of all other members of the previously conspecific D. caudata group, but differs from D. caudata... read more


Vocally similar to, but distinctive when compared in detail against, other members of the D.... read more


Understorey and midstorey of bamboo thickets (both native and introduced Asian species) in montane... read more

Food and feeding

Diet and foraging behaviour probably very similar to those of D. striaticeps, but very poorly known. Has very infrequently been... read more


Reported (without details) in Jun in NC Venezuela. No further information.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common but locally distributed throughout range. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Henri Pittier and Yacambú National... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Klages's Antbird (Drymophila klagesi). 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).