Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


Lined Antshrike (Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus)


French: Batara vermiculé German: Feinstreifen-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará vermiculado

Thamnophilus tenuepuntatus

[sic] Lafresnaye

, 1853,

“Anolaima” (location uncertain, possibly in Norte de Santander rather than in Cundinamarca), Colombia


Belongs to the “T. doliatus group” (which see). See also T. palliatus. Plumage variation between tenuifasciatus and berlepschi may prove to be clinal. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. t. tenuepunctatus Lafresnaye, 1853 – locally on E slope of E Andes in NC Colombia (Norte de Santander, Cundinamarca, Meta).
  • T. t. tenuifasciatus Lawrence, 1867 – E slope in SC Colombia (Putumayo) and Ecuador (Sucumbíos S to N Zamora-Chinchipe).
  • T. t. berlepschi Taczanowski, 1884 – E slope in extreme SE Ecuador (S Zamora-Chinchipe) and NE Peru (Amazonas, Cajamarca, San Martín).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16 cm; 22–23 g. Crested; yellowish iris. Male is black, narrowly barred white, except for black crown, black-streaked white throat. Female has crown,... read more


    Loudsong an accelerating series of abrupt nasal notes that rises in pitch initially, falls towards... read more


    Understorey and mid-storey of humid evergreen-forest edge; also shrubby, regenerating plantations... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little recorded. Feeds primarily on insects and other arthropods. Forages singly or in pairs, mostly in dense thickets and second-growth... read more


    A nest with 2 well-developed eggs found in late Mar in NE Ecuador hung between the arms of the horizontal fork of a small Acalypha... read more


    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    VULNERABLE. Uncommon to fairly common throughout its range. This species’ ability to utilize a variety of edge and second-growth habitats appears to render it of low... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L., de Juana, E. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Lined Antshrike (Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus). 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).