Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Spot-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus puncticeps)


French: Batara ponctué German: Tüpfelkronen-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Batarito coronipunteado

Dysithamnus puncticeps


, 1866,

Calovévora, Veraguas, Panama


See D. stictothorax. Birds from S Panama and W Colombia described as race intensus and others from SW Colombia and W Ecuador as flemmingi on basis of darkness of plumage, but apparently intergrade broadly with each other and with other populations. Monotypic.


SE Costa Rica (SE Limón), Panama (Caribbean slope, also Pacific slope in extreme E Panamá Province and Darién), W Colombia (Pacific slope, and lower Cauca Valley in Antioquia) and NW Ecuador (S to Manabí).

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 15–17 g. Male has forehead to nape dark grey, heavily dotted white; upperparts greyish-olive, concealed white interscapular patch; remiges dark greyish-... read more


Loudsong a rapid (e.g. 28 notes, 2·7 seconds) trill, notes not countable, pitch first rising... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of lowland and foothill evergreen forest, to 1000 m. Replaced at higher... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on various insects, including small grasshoppers and relatives (Orthoptera), and other arthropods, including... read more


Apr–Jul in Panama; nest-building noted in late Aug in Colombia (upper Anchicayá Valley). A nest in Panama was a cup suspended by rim... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not well known; considered fairly common to uncommon throughout most of its range. Range encompasses some large protected areas, examples of which... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Spot-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus puncticeps). 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).