Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Saturnine Antshrike (Thamnomanes saturninus) - HBW 8, p. 574

French: Batara saturnin German: Südlicher Schwarzkehlwürgerling Spanish: Batará Saturnino

Taxonomy: Thamnophilus saturninus Pelzeln, 1868, Borba, Rio Madeira, Brazil.
Relationships to other genera unclear. Species currently placed in genus appear to be related on basis of morphology and behaviour, although their nest architecture is somewhat variable. Present species has sometimes been placed in genus Dysithamnus. Forms a superspecies with T. ardesiacus and has been treated as conspecific; taxonomic study of populations needed. Extent of geographical ranges of races unclear; huallagae may not be distinguishable from nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • huallagae (Cory, 1916) - NE Peru S of R Amazon (along S bank of R Marañón to R Huallaga, and S to R Ucayali in S Loreto) and SW Amazonian Brazil (drainage of upper R Juruá, S to W Acre).
  • saturninus (Pelzeln, 1868) - SC Amazonian Brazil (from lower R Juruá and upper R Purus E to W bank of R Tapajós and both banks of R Teles Pires) S to Rondônia, N Mato Grosso and extreme NE Bolivia (NE Santa Cruz).