Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


Plumbeous Antvireo (Dysithamnus plumbeus)


French: Batara plombé German: Schattenameisenvogel Spanish: Batarito plomizo

Myiothera plumbea


, 1831,

south-eastern Brazil


Formerly treated as conspecific with geographically remote D. leucostictus, and inappropriately transferred to Thamnomanes; differs clearly from D. leucostictus in morphology and, especially, vocalizations#R. Monotypic.


SE Brazil from S Bahia S to E Minas Gerais, Espírito Santo and N Rio de Janeiro.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm. Male is dark grey, blackest on breast, wing-coverts with white tips and narrow white edges; concealed white interscapular patch. Female is mostly olive-brown... read more


Loudsong a short (e.g. 4 notes, 1·3 seconds) series of moderately long whistles (notes... read more


Understorey of lowland evergreen forest, to 900 m, mostly below 600 m. Seemingly requires primary... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds mainly on insects and other arthropods, up to 10 cm in length, including katydids (Tetti­goniidae) and stick-... read more


Little known. Season probably Aug–Dec; four specimens with slightly enlarged gonads in Aug, Dec and Jan, one with half-enlarged... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Historically never common, and its numbers have declined considerably in the past few decades,... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Plumbeous Antvireo (Dysithamnus plumbeus). 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).