Band-tailed Antshrike (Sakesphorus melanothorax)

Band-tailed Antshrike

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Thamnophilidae | [latin] Sakesphorus melanothorax | [UK] Band-tailed Antshrike | [FR] Fourmilier pie-gieche a queue | [DE] Weissschulter-Ameisenwurger | [ES] Batara Guayanes | [NL] Bandstaartmierklauwier


Monotypic species

Physical charateristics

The male is jet black, except for smome white shoulder patrches, narrow white edges of wing coverts and a white tail ending. The female is bright cinnamon withface and upperbreast black. Unmistakable as a pair.

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South America : Northeast Amazonia


Understorey of lowland evergreen forest. Associated with dense naturally disturbed land or thickets of lianas.


No data

Feeding habits

Little known, feeds on a vareity of insects and their larvae. Forages in desne cover 1-10 meter above ground, moving in small hops, seperated by a pause of about 10 seconds.


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 260,000 km2. The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population size criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., less than 10,000 mature individuals in conjunction with appropriate decline rates and subpopulation qualifiers). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Band-tailed Antshrike status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range.

Distribution map

Band-tailed Antshrike distribution range map

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