Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Streak-fronted Antshrike (Sakesphorus pulchellus)


French: Batara mignon German: Tüpfelwangen-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará bonito

Hypolophus pulchellus

Cabanis and Heine

, 1860,

#R, Cartagena, Colombia


Previously suggested as possibly deserving of species status, but hitherto treated as race of S. canadensis. Differs (in male) in its black hood shot with white (forecrown with white streaks, white speckling on throat, head-side and supercilium) (2); upperparts bright pale cinnamon vs dullish cinnamon-brown (or darker) (1); more white in tail, with much larger white tips and all-white outer vane of outermost rectrix (small white tips in other taxa) (2); more white on underparts (ns[1]); and overall distinctive song, with slower pace and lower frequency at start, lower maximum frequency (no overlap; 3), and last notes dropping vs rising in pitch (3), with less acceleration#R. Proposed races phainoleucus (Riohacha, in N Colombia) and paraguanae (Paraguaná Peninsula, in NW Venezuela) appear to intergrade with pulchellus, and are best rejected. Monotypic.

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N Colombia (Caribbean slope from Guajira S to N Chocó, lower Magdalena Valley S to S Santander) and extreme NW Venezuela (Zulia, W & C Falcón, N Lara).

Descriptive notes

14–18·4 cm. Male differs from formerly conspecific S. canadensis in its black hood streaked white on forecrown and speckled white on throat, head-sides and... read more


Loudsong is similar to previously conspecific S. canadensis, but overall slower-paced and... read more


Understorey and midstorey of deciduous woodland, gallery forest, savanna woodland, and thickets and... read more

Food and feeding

Very few data, but diet and behaviour presumably largely similar to that of S. canadensis.


No information, except that birds were in breeding condition in N Colombia in Aug–Sept.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally common throughout its range, which includes several conservation units, e.g. Isla Salamanca National Park, in N Colombia.... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Streak-fronted Antshrike (Sakesphorus pulchellus). 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 25 February 2020).