Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Data Deficient

Maranon Antshrike (Thamnophilus shumbae)


French: Batara de Shumba German: Fleckenbrust-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará del Marañón

Sakesphorus bernardi shumbae


, 1934,

Shumba, 1500 feet [c. 450 m], 20 miles [c. 32 km] north of Jaén, Cajamarca, Peru


Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. bernardi and placed in Sakesphorus (see T. bernardi), but differs in its smaller size, notably shorter tail (effect size −3.3; score 2); buff-tinged whitish vs pale tan-buff underparts in female (2); much reduced black breast patch in male, so that malar and ear-coverts are black-speckled whitish rather than black or blackish (2); darker, less rufous dorsal coloration in male (1); and faster song, with greater pace (2) and shorter note length (2)#R. Monotypic.

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NC Peru (lower R Marañón drainage and Chinchipe Valley in E Cajamarca and W Amazonas).

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm. Smaller than previously conspecific T. bernardi, with which it shares most plumage features. Male has extensive white speckling around bill, black of... read more


Compared to formerly conspecific T. bernardi, loudsong is faster-paced, with shorter... read more


Understorey to canopy of tropical deciduous forest and lighter woodland, lowland arid scrub, and... read more

Food and feeding

No known differences from T. bernardi.


Nothing known, although basic facets of its nesting ecology are presumably similar those of T. bernardi.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Needs to be properly censused before its true conservation status can be determined; at present it is best considered Data Deficient. Restricted-... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Maranon Antshrike (Thamnophilus shumbae). 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).