Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Tufted Antshrike (Mackenziaena severa)


French: Batara othello German: Schwarzmasken-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará copetón

Lanius severus

M. H. C. Lichtenstein

, 1823,

São Paulo, Brazil


May be more closely allied to members of Frederickena than to M. leachii. Monotypic.


SE Brazil (SE Bahia, EC Minas Gerais and W São Paulo S to N Rio Grande do Sul), E Paraguay (Amambay, Canindeyú, Alto Paraná, Caazapá, Itapúa) and NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

21–22 cm; 52 g, 80 g. Long crest typically held compressed. Male is sooty grey; forehead and crest blackish, wings brownish-black. Female is blackish-brown; forehead... read more


Loudsong a series of 3–12 (typically 6) loud countable whistles that rise in pitch while... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of lowland and foothill evergreen forest and second growth, primarily in... read more

Food and feeding

Variety of large insects and other arthropods; also reported to take snails, slugs, and small vertebrates such as frogs, lizards, snakes... read more


Nest undecribed. Eggs described as having clear ground colour, with dull, mottled dark liliaceous spots and some grey lines at pointed end.


Presumed resident throughout its range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Several large parks and reserves exist in the relatively small range of this Atlantic Forest bird, e.g. Itatiaia and Serra dos Órgãos National Parks... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Tufted Antshrike (Mackenziaena severa). 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).