Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Streak-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus striaticeps)


French: Batara strié German: Streifenkopf-Ameisenvogel Spanish: Batarito estriado

Dysithamnus striaticeps


, 1865,

Angostura, Costa Rica


See D. stictothorax. Perhaps closest to D. puncticeps#R. Monotypic.


Atlantic slope in extreme SE Honduras (S El Paraíso), Nicaragua (R San Juan) and Costa Rica (also barely spilling over to Pacific slope in Guanacaste).

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; 15–17 g. Male has forehead and crown dark grey, heavily streaked greyish-white, auriculars blackish; upperparts greyish-olive, with concealed white... read more


Loudsong a long (e.g. 21 notes, 4·1 seconds) series in which notes initially rise in pitch... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of lowland and foothill evergreen forest, to 900 m; more common in... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on insects, including orthopterans, true bugs (Hemiptera), adult and larval lepidopterans; also other arthropods,... read more


Mar–Jun in Costa Rica. Nest a thin cup of mostly dark horsehair-like fibres from stem of a woodland fern, often decorated on outside... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Central American Caribbean Slope EBA. Fairly common to uncommon throughout its relatively small range. Although... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Streak-crowned Antvireo (Dysithamnus striaticeps). 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).