Fairly small, short-tailed antbird. Widespread in lowland forest of the Amazon basin in northern South America. More common than Dot-backed Antbird. Striking plumage with bold black chest streaks and white wingbars. Sexes similar, but males have a black throat and females have a white throat. Also note that females are buffier below. Compared with Dot-backed, note pink legs, buffier spots on back, gray face, and browner tail. Pairs are typically found in the understory, perching on vertical branches or vines near the ground. Occasionally visits army ant swarms.