Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Near Threatened

Spot-breasted Antvireo (Dysithamnus stictothorax)


French: Batara tachet German: Fleckenbrust-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Batarito pechipinto

Myothera strictothorax

[sic] Temminck

, 1823,

Bahia, Brazil


Appears to form a monophyletic group with D. mentalis, D. striaticeps, D. puncticeps and D. xanthopterus, with other congeners probably closely related too. Monotypic.


SE Brazil in coastal region from SE Bahia S to Santa Catarina, extending inland in Minas Gerais (R Doce region) and to NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

12 cm. Male has forehead and crown dark grey, auriculars blackish, white spots on side of head; upperparts greyish-olive, concealed white patch under scapulars; wings... read more


Loudsong a series of rapidly delivered musical notes (e.g. 16 notes, 2·4 seconds) rising and... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of lowland and montane evergreen forest, to 1250 m. Overlaps in many... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on insects, including adult and larval Lepidoptera, katydids (Tettigoniidae), mantids (Mantidae), stick-insects (... read more


Nest found in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) in Dec, for which details previously unpublished: described as a small pendent cup or bag located c.... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Fairly common throughout most of its range;... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Spot-breasted Antvireo (Dysithamnus stictothorax). 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 21 February 2020).