Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Western Russet Antshrike (Thamnistes anabatinus)


Taxonomy

French: Batara rousset German: Rostameisenwürger Spanish: Batará café occidental
Taxonomy:

Thamnistes anabatinus

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1860,

Choctum, Alta Vera Paz, Guatemala

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Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. aequatorialis (which see). Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. a. anabatinus P. L. Sclater & Salvin, 1860 – Atlantic slope of SE Mexico (E Oaxaca, Tabasco, Chiapas), N Guatemala, S Belize and N & E Honduras.
  • T. a. saturatus Ridgway, 1908 – Nicaragua (Atlantic slope), Costa Rica (both slopes except NW Pacific) and extreme W Panama (W Chiriquí, W Bocas del Toro).
  • T. a. coronatus Nelson, 1912 – Panama (except extreme W) and NW Colombia (Atlantic slope in Córdoba).
  • T. a. intermedius Chapman, 1914 – Pacific slope in W Colombia and Ecuador (S to El Oro).
  • Descriptive notes

    13–15 cm; 19–23·6 g. Male nominate race has forehead, centre of crown and upperparts olive-brown, supercilium olive-yellow, line through eye dusky, ear-... read more

    Voice

    Loudsong W of Andes a short, countable series (e.g. six notes, two seconds) of abrupt downslurred... read more

    Habitat

    Canopy and subcanopy of montane and nearby lowland evergreen forest, and adjacent tall second... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds mostly on insects, including beetles (Chrysomelidae, Cerambycidae, Curculionidae, Carabidae), true bugs (Hemiptera, including... read more

    Breeding

    Apr–Jun in Costa Rica; still-dependent young observed in Panama in mid Nov; birds in breeding condition collected Feb–Apr in W... read more

    Movements

    None recorded; presumed resident.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon to fairly common throughout its extensive range; rare at NW extremity of range in Oaxaca (Mexico). Known from a number of... read more

    Recommended citation

    Zimmer, K., Isler, M.L. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Western Russet Antshrike (Thamnistes anabatinus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/56695 on 15 December 2018).