Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Sooretama Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus ambiguus)


French: Batara de Sooretama German: Sooretamaameisenwürger Spanish: Batará pizarroso de Sooretama

[Thamnophilus naevius]. ambiguus


, 1825,

Minas Gerais, Brazil = Serra do Imbé, Rio de Janeiro


Member of the “T. punctatus group” (which see). Species-level distinctness of present taxon corroborated by DNA study#R. Type locality recently modified to Serra do Imbé#R. Monotypic.


SE Brazil in coastal region from S Sergipe S to Rio de Janeiro, extending inland in Minas Gerais (R Doce Valley); one probable sight record in extreme NE São Paulo.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm. Male has forehead and crown black, forehead with few grey spots; upperparts grey with central black patch, white interscapular patch (concealed); wings black... read more


Loudsong an accelerating series of rather harsh, dry notes (e.g. 20 notes, 5 seconds) ending with... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of lowland evergreen-forest edge, also woodland growing on sandy soil in... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on insects and other arthropods, including moths and larval lepidopterans, cockroaches (Blattodea), beetles and... read more


Little recorded. One published record of recently fledged young in Bahia (near Santo Amaro) in late Nov. Nest described as a crucible... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common in its relatively narrow range. This includes several protected areas, e.g. Monte Pascoal National Park, Pau Ecological Station, Porto... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Sooretama Slaty Antshrike (Thamnophilus ambiguus). 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).