Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Western Russet Antshrike (Thamnistes anabatinus)


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

Thamnistes anabatinus

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1860,

Choctum, Alta Vera Paz, Guatemala


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


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


    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


    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


    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. (2020). 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 on 24 February 2020).