Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Streak-headed Antbird (Drymophila striaticeps)


French: Grisin de Chapman German: Strichelkopf-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí colilargo

Drymophila caudata striaticeps


, 1912,

above Salento, alt. 9000 ft [c. 2740 m], Central Andes, Cauca, Colombia


Until recently considered conspecific with D. caudata (along with D. klagesi and D. hellmayri), but acoustic and genetic data#R indicate significant differences. Differs from D. caudata in its lack of black mid-crown to hindcrown in male (2); and loudsong with many fewer (3) and level-pitched vs rising (2) introductory notes#R; and from D. klagesi and D. hellmayri in characters given under those species. Same study#R suggests present species might be divisible into four races, with nominate (W & C Colombia), occidentalis (S Colombia to N Peru), peruviana (C Peru) and boliviana (S Peru and W Bolivia), but concludes that further research is required; prior to this study, all four were synonymized with what was nomínate D. caudata caudata (now monotypic D. caudata). Monotypic.


W & C Andes of Colombia, Ecuador (both slopes), Peru (E slope) and NW Bolivia (E slope in La Paz).

Descriptive notes

14·5–15·5 cm; 11–13 g. Male has crown and anterior upperparts black, streaked white, back streaks tinged rufous, white interscapular patch, rump deep rufous; wings black,... read more


Typical male loudsong lasts c. 2 seconds (or less) and comprises two short clear whistles followed... read more


Understorey and midstorey of bamboo thickets (both native and introduced Asian species) in montane... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on variety of insects, probably also spiders; stomach contents included lepidopteran larvae and a small beetle (Coleoptera). Closely... read more


Nest only comparatively recently described, based on observations in NE Ecuador in early Aug, when the contents comprised two nestlings.... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common but locally distributed throughout range. Occurs in several protected areas, e.g. Munchique National Park, Río Blanco... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Streak-headed Antbird (Drymophila 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).