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Photo by Michael W
Milpe Bird Sanctuary, western foothills, Ecuador, March 2007
Thamnistes anabatinus


13-16 cm (5-6¼ in)

  • Brown upperparts
  • Rufous wing and tail
  • Dark eyestripe
  • Buff supercilium
  • Olive underparts
  • Heavy hooked bill

Sexes similar
Male has rufous-orange patch in the centre of his back.
Juveniles have rufous fringes to the wing coverts and are paler below.


Southern Mexico through Central America and western South America (both sides of the Andes) to northern Peru.



Six subspecies are recognized in this widespread species[1]:

  • T. a. anabatinus:
  • T. a. saturatus:
  • T. a. coronatus:
  • Central and eastern Panama (Veraguas to Dari‚n) and north-western Colombia
  • T. a. intermedius:
  • Pacific slope of western Colombia and Ecuador
  • T. a. gularis:
  • Extreme north-western Venezuela (T chira) and (? adjacent north-eastern Colombia)
  • T. a. aequatorialis:
  • Foothills of south-eastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador and extreme northern Peru


Humid to wet woodland in foothills and lower slopes of mountains.



A deep cup shaped nest is built high in a tree and 2 brown speckled white eggs are laid. Both sexes build the nest, incubate the eggs and care for the young.


The diet includes insects and other arthropods. Often participate in mixed species flocks when feeding.


Restall quote sources for saying that the subspecies east and west of the Andes differ in vocalizations, and therefore probably are different species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Restall, R, Rodner, C and Lentino M. 2007. Birds of northern South America. Yale University Press. New Haven and London. ISBN 9780300108620

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