Family Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Near Threatened

Sooty Ant-tanager (Habia gutturalis)


French: Habia fuligineux German: Graurückenkardinal Spanish: Habia sombría

Phœnicothraupis gutturalis

P. L. Sclater

, 1854,

Nova Grenada = Colombia




NW Colombia along N base of Andes from Córdoba (upper R Sinú) E to Santander, and S on both slopes of Magdalena Valley to N Tolima on W side and to W Santander (SW of Bucaramanga and N of San Vicente), W Boyacá (including Reserva El Paujil, in Serranía de las Quinchas) and N Cundinamarca on E side.

Descriptive notes

20 cm. Long-tailed ant-tanager with strong bill, male with striking pinkish-and-black plumage. Male has head and upperparts, including upperwing-coverts, flight-feathers and... read more


Alarm and territorial-defence calls include fast, chattering, grating “chat-cha-cha-cha-cha-cha... read more


Understorey of tall second growth, wooded streamsides, bushy forest borders and inside tall humid... read more

Food and feeding

Small arthropods; infrequently eats or pecks at fruit. Like others of genus lives in pairs or family groups of 3–4 individuals; sometimes... read more


Nine birds in breeding condition in Feb–May in S Bolívar and S Córdoba, and juvenile with two adults in early May in E Antioquia. Nest... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Nechí Lowlands EBA. Generally rare and local. Occurs in the protected and... read more

Recommended citation

Hilty, S. (2019). Sooty Ant-tanager (Habia gutturalis). 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 August 2019).