Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


Recurve-billed Bushbird (Clytoctantes alixii)


French: Batara à bec retroussé German: Bootschnabel-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará piquicurvo

Clytoctantes alixii


, 1870,

“Río Napo, Ecuador”; presumed error, locality unknown


Relationships uncertain. Specimens on which original description was based were apparently labelled from “Equateur”, but there is no satisfactory evidence that the species has ever occurred in Ecuador. Monotypic.


Few localities in NW Venezuela (Sierra de Perijá) and N Colombia (N Antioquia#R, Norte de Santander#R and Santander#R#R; formerly more widespread).

Descriptive notes

16–17 cm. Lower mandible strongly upturned; white interscapular patch. Male is dark grey, with loral region, throat and centre of upper breast black, flight-feathers... read more


Very little known. In Colombia, a female was recorded as giving a chirring “ke’e’... read more


Understorey of evergreen forest, forest edge, adjacent second growth, and regenerating clearings,... read more

Food and feeding

Almost nothing known. Among the few observations are one of a bird attending an army-ant swarm, and another of an individual stripping... read more


Virtually nothing known. In W of range, breeding reported to occur in Apr–May.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Nechí Lowlands EBA and Colombian East Andes EBA. Known only from specimens, and a 1965 sight record, until 2004, when... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Recurve-billed Bushbird (Clytoctantes alixii). 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).