Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-winged Antshrike (Thamnophilus torquatus)


French: Batara à ailes rousses German: Rostflügel-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará alirrufo

Thamnophilus torquatus


, 1825,

Urupé, Bahia, Brazil


Belongs to the “T. doliatus group” (which see). Molecular data#R indicate that this species is sister to T. ruficapillus (including T. subfasciatus), with which syntopy suspected in S of range in Brazil (extreme E Minas Gerais and NW Rio de Janeiro). Monotypic.


EC & E Brazil (S Pará and S Maranhão E to Pernambuco and S to WC Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo, W edge of Rio de Janeiro and coastal C Bahia), E Bolivia (NE Santa Cruz) and E Paraguay (Canindeyú).

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 18–20 g. Male has black crown, grey side of head and upperparts, cinnamon-rufous wings and wing-coverts; graduated tail black, outer rectrices with complete... read more


Loudsong a moderately long (e.g. 16 notes, 3·4 seconds) accelerating series of nasal notes,... read more


Understorey of cerrado and adjacent semi-deciduous woodland, riparian thickets and brushy... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on variety of insects, including larval lepidopterans, grasshoppers (Acrididae), beetles (Coleoptera, including... read more


Nests found in Apr–Jun in E Brazil (13 in Alagoas, 1 in Bahia; details previously unpublished). Nest built by both sexes, cup-shaped... read more


None recorded; presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon to fairly common, but somewhat locally distributed. This species’ preferred habitats of cerrado and gallery forest are... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Rufous-winged Antshrike (Thamnophilus torquatus). 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).