Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Silvery-cheeked Antshrike (Sakesphorus cristatus)


French: Batara à joues argent German: Silberwangen-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará crestado

Thamnophilus cristatus


, 1831,

Bahia, Brazil


Proposed placement in separate monotypic genus Sakesphoroides on grounds of several distinctive morphological characters#R requires further study. Monotypic.


NE Brazil in Ceará, N & C Rio Grande do Norte, SE Piauí, W Pernambuco, Bahia (except coast) and C Minas Gerais (S to upper São Francisco Valley and upper R Doce drainage#R).

Descriptive notes

14 cm. Crested. Male has forehead, crest, anterior face, throat and centre of breast black, rest of head and underparts greyish-white; back drab brown; wings and tail black,... read more


Loudsong a short series (e.g. 10 notes, 2·5 seconds), initially sharp and strident, then... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of deciduous forest and arid lowland caatinga, to 1100 m. Most... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on variety of insects and other arthropod prey; there is a high predominance of ants and termites, with seasonal shifts in the... read more


Nothing known.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally fairly common within its small range. Occurs in Cavernas do Peruaçu National Park, in Minas Gerais. Mata-de-cip... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Silvery-cheeked Antshrike (Sakesphorus cristatus). 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).