Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Mouse-colored Antshrike (Thamnophilus murinus)


French: Batara souris German: Braunflügel-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará murino

Thamnophilus murinus

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1868,

Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil


Sister relationship to T. schistaceus corroborated by genetic analysis#R. Race cayennensis may represent extreme of a cline of plumage variation in nominate; further study required. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. m. murinus P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1868 – EC Colombia (E Guainía, E Vaupés), S Venezuela (Amazonas, Bolívar), Guyana, Suriname and Brazil N of R Amazon (from both banks of upper R Negro E to at least NE Amazonas).
  • T. m. cayennensis Todd, 1927 – French Guainía and NE Amazonian Brazil N of R Amazon (Amapá, N Pará).
  • T. m. canipennis Todd, 1927 – SE Colombia (Amazonas), E Ecuador, E Peru (S to Ucayali and along base of Andes to NW Madre de Dios), W Brazil (E to R Japurá and, S of R Amazon, to R Madeira) and extreme N Bolivia (E Pando).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–14 cm; 17–20 g. Male is grey above, crown faintly barred darker, concealed white interscapular patch; wings dark yellowish-brown (more rufous in E), wing-... read more


    Loudsong a slightly accelerating series of up to c. 15 similar notes, very like that of T.... read more


    Mid-storey of lowland evergreen forest, to 1000 m; locally up to 1300 m in Venezuelan tepuis. Very... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little published. Feeds on variety of insects, especially katydids (Tettigoniidae) and grasshoppers (Acrididae), beetles (Coleoptera), bugs... read more


    Little recorded. Jan, May and Sept in French Guiana, and Aug–Nov in Brazil. Nest a dark-coloured open cup composed of rough black... read more


    Presumed resident throughout range.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common to common throughout most of its extensive range; less common in W Amazonia. Vast areas of protected suitable habitat exist within its... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Mouse-colored Antshrike (Thamnophilus murinus). 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 24 February 2020).