Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Planalto Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus pelzelni)


French: Batara de Pelzeln German: Planaltoameisenwürger Spanish: Batará pizarroso del Planalto

Thamnophilus punctatus pelzelni


, 1924,

Abrilongo, Mato Grosso, Brazil


Member of the “T. punctatus group” (which see). Species-level distinctness of present taxon corroborated by DNA study#R. Monotypic.


C & E Brazil from E Maranhão, Ceará and Paraíba to W Bahia and N Minas Gerais and from E & S Mato Grosso and Goiás to N Mato Grosso do Sul, extreme N Paraná and W São Paulo.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 16–20 g. Male has crown black, forehead mixed with grey; upper­parts grey with some black feathers centrally, white interscapular patch (concealed); wings... read more


Loudsong an accelerating series of rather harsh, dry notes (e.g. 20 notes, 5 seconds) ending with... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of deciduous and semi-deciduous forest, especially with vines (mata-... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds primarily on insects, including lepidopteran larvae, katydids (Tettigoniidae), grasshoppers (Acrididae), mantids (... read more


Little recorded. Until recently, single published description of two nests found in Oct, each an open cup suspended by rim from horizontal... read more


Presumed resident throughout range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common throughout most of its range. This includes a number of protected areas, e.g. Chapada dos Guimarães, Sete Cidades,... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Planalto Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus pelzelni). 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).