Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)


White-bearded Antshrike (Biatas nigropectus)


French: Batara à poitrine noire German: Weißbart-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará pechinegro

Anabates nigro-pectus


, 1850,

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Relationships uncertain. Monotypic.


SE Brazil (mainly Rio de Janeiro and E São Paulo, also SE Minas Gerais, W & E Paraná and NE Santa Catarina) and NE Argentina (Misiones).

Descriptive notes

17–18 cm. Semi-erectile crest often held raised. Male has forehead to upper nape and loral and ocular regions black, with suggestion of white eyeline; chin and side of... read more


Loudsong a short (e.g. 8 notes, 3 seconds) series of mournful, moderately long notes (about as long... read more


Understorey and mid-storey of bamboo-rich evergreen forest and older second growth, at 500–... read more

Food and feeding

Diet not well known. Feeds primarily on various insects and other arthropods, particularly spiders; stomach contents of a specimen from Rio... read more


In Brazil, nest-building in Oct and Nov (Rio de Janeiro) and adult carrying food for young in Dec (Minas Gerais). Both nests under... read more


None recorded; probably chiefly resident, although thought to undertake small-scale movements in... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Atlantic Forest Lowlands EBA. Rare throughout its restricted range; apparently never common. Reliance on bamboo, particularly... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). White-bearded Antshrike (Biatas nigropectus). 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 26 February 2020).