Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-backed Antvireo (Dysithamnus xanthopterus)


French: Batara à dos roux German: Rostrücken-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Batarito dorsirrufo

Dasythamnus [sic] xanthopterus


, 1856,

Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


See D. stictothorax. Monotypic.


Coastal mountains of SE Brazil from Rio de Janeiro S to Paraná; recently recorded in Santa Catarina#R.

Descriptive notes

12 cm. Male has head and upper back grey, with forehead, side of head to above eye and lores spotted white; remaining upper­parts rufous; centre of throat white;... read more


Loudsong is a rapid (e.g. 20 notes, 2 seconds), slightly accelerating trill, loudest initially (... read more


Mid-storey and subcanopy of montane evergreen forest and old second growth, at 750–1700 m. read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on insects and other arthropods, including flies (Diptera), butterfly and moth larvae (Lepidoptera) and beetles (... read more


Little known. Season judged to be Sept–Feb. Single described nest: an open cup of thin plant fibres, surrounded by thick layer of... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Mountains EBA. Uncommon and locally distributed over a small area; as such, the species warrants... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Rufous-backed Antvireo (Dysithamnus xanthopterus). 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 21 February 2020).