Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Natterer's Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus stictocephalus)


French: Batara de Natterer German: Tapajosameisenwürger Spanish: Batará pizarroso de Natterer

Thamnophilus stictocephalus


, 1868,

São Vicente, Mato Grosso, Brazil


Member of the “T. punctatus group” (which see). Proposed races saturatus and zimmeri (both NC Brazil) represent clinal variation of nominate#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. s. stictocephalus Pelzeln, 1868 – Brazil S of R Amazon (from R Madeira E to Marajó I and R Tocantins, in Pará, and SW to Rondônia and N & W Mato Grosso) and extreme N Bolivia (N Beni).
  • T. s. parkeri M. L. Isler et al., 1997 – extreme NE Bolivia in NE Santa Cruz (Serranía de Huanchaca).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm; 19–22 g. Male has crown black, forehead black with some grey spots; black and grey upperparts, white interscapular patch (concealed); outer scapu­... read more


    Loudsong an accelerating series (e.g. 20 notes, 3 seconds) of emphatic notes, generally level in... read more


    Understorey and mid-storey of lowland evergreen-forest edge, deciduous and semi-deciduous woodland... read more

    Food and feeding

    Little published. Feeds on various insects, including lepidopteran larvae, orthopterans such as katydids (Tettigoniidae) and grasshoppers (... read more




    Presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common throughout its range. This encompasses some large protected areas, e.g. Tapajós National Park, Caxiuanã National Forest and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Natterer's Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus stictocephalus). 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).