Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Spot-backed Antshrike (Hypoedaleus guttatus)


French: Batara moucheté German: Perlenmantel-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará goteado

Thamnophilus guttatus


, 1816,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Paler N birds (Alagoas S to Espírito Santo) described as race leucogaster, but apparently broad zone of intergradation with S populations exists, with both extremes as well as intermediates occurring in São Paulo; racial division appears unwarranted. Monotypic.


E & SE Brazil (E Alagoas and E Bahia S to extreme E Mato Grosso do Sul, Santa Catarina and N Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay (E of R Paraguay; one record on W bank, in SE Alto Paraguay) and extreme NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

20–21 cm. Heavy bill. Male has black upperparts spotted and barred white, brownish-black tail barred white; white below, sides pale grey, lower underparts brownish-... read more


Loudsong a long (e.g. 4 seconds) vibrant trill, building in intensity and frequency before dropping... read more


Vine tangles in canopy and subcanopy of lowland evergreen forest, to 900 m. Confined to wetter... read more

Food and feeding

Variety of insects, including orthopterans, hemipteran bugs, beetles (Coleoptera) and, particularly, larger larvae of Lepidoptera; also... read more


Nest undescribed. Eggs white, with irregular liliaceous dots and fine lines, larger blackish spots.


Presumed resident throughout its range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Its range includes several reserves, e.g. Iguazú National Park, in Argentina, Augusto Ruschi Biological Reserve, Boracéia Forest Reserve and Serra da... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Spot-backed Antshrike (Hypoedaleus guttatus). 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).