Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Lined Antshrike (Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus) - HBW 8, p. 546

French: Batara vermiculé German: Feinstreifen-Ameisenwürger Spanish: Batará Vermiculado

Taxonomy: Thamnophilus tenuepuntatus [sic] Lafresnaye, 1853, “Anolaima” (location uncertain, possibly in Norte de Santander rather than in Cundinamarca), Colombia.
Has been considered conspecific with T. palliatus, but they have adjoining ranges with no apparent barriers and no evidence of intergradation. Both belong to the “T. doliatus group”, which also includes T. zarumae, T. multistriatus, T. torquatus and T. ruficapillus. Plumage variation between tenuifasciatus and berlepschi may prove to be clinal. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • tenuepunctatus Lafresnaye, 1853 - E slope of E Andes in NC Colombia (Norte de Santander, Cundinamarca, Meta).
  • tenuifasciatus Lawrence, 1867 - E slope in SC Colombia (Putumayo) and Ecuador (Sucumbios S to N Zamora-Chinchipe).
  • berlepschi Taczanowski, 1884 - E slope in extreme SE Ecuador (S Zamora-Chinchipe) and NE Peru (Amazonas, Cajamarca, San Martín).