Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Upland Antshrike (Thamnophilus aroyae)


French: Batara montagnard German: Hochland-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará montano

Dysithamnus aroyæ


, 1904,

Oroya, Inambari Valley, 3000 ft [c. 915 m], Puno, Peru


Apparently sister to T. aethiops#R; see also T. caerulescens. Monotypic.


Extreme SE Peru (Puno) and NW Bolivia (La Paz, Cochabamba, W Santa Cruz).

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm; 19–21 g. Male is grey, crown sometimes blackish, pale interscapular patch vestigial or absent; wings and tail brownish-black, wing-coverts dotted white... read more


Loud­song a short (3–6 notes, duration highly variable) series of evenly paced nasal... read more


Montane evergreen-forest edge and adjacent second growth, typically in dense thickets, often those... read more

Food and feeding

Little known. Feeds primarily on insects, probably also other arthropods; six stomachs all contained insects, including beetles (Coleoptera... read more


Nothing known.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Bolivian and Peruvian Lower Yungas EBA. Was possibly once restricted to shrubby habitats created by natural... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Upland Antshrike (Thamnophilus aroyae). 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).