Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Saturnine Antshrike (Thamnomanes saturninus)


French: Batara saturnin German: Bauchflecken-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Batará saturnino

Thamnophilus saturninus


, 1868,

Borba, Rio Madeira, Brazil


Sometimes placed in genus Dysithamnus. Closely related to T. ardesiacus and has been treated as conspecific; taxonomic study of populations needed. Races may not be distinguishable, and in any case, precise delimitation of their ranges unclear. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. s. huallagae (Cory, 1916) – NE Peru S of R Amazon (along S bank of R Marañón to R Huallaga, and S to R Ucayali in S Loreto) and SW Amazonian Brazil (drainage of upper R Juruá, S to W Acre).
  • T. s. saturninus (Pelzeln, 1868) – SC Amazonian Brazil (S of R Amazon from lower R Juruá and upper R Purus E to W bank of R Tapajós and both banks of R Teles Pires) S to Rondônia, N Mato Grosso and extreme NE Bolivia (NE Santa Cruz).
  • Descriptive notes

    13·5–14·5 cm; 19–21 g. Male is darkish grey, with black throat and upper breast; white interscapular patch, white tips of wing-coverts, white edges at bend of... read more


    Loudsong a moderately long series of notes, gradually becoming shorter and rising in pitch, before... read more


    Understorey of lowland evergreen forest, mostly below 300 m; to 650 m in NE Bolivia. Primarily in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on variety of insects, including katydids (Tettigoniidae), mantids (Mantidae), adult and larval lepidopterans, true bugs (Hemiptera... read more


    Nothing published. One report of female flushed from a nest in Aug in NE Peru; nest a small cup suspended from two horizontal limbs 3 m... read more


    None recorded; presumed resident throughout range.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Fairly common throughout its range, much of which remains little developed and relatively inaccessible. Range includes some large protected areas, e.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Saturnine Antshrike (Thamnomanes saturninus). 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).