The sole member of the genus Dichrozona, whose relationships are still considered uncertain, the Banded Antbird is a wonderfully distinctive and somewhat endearing Thamnophilidae that is restricted to the floor of lowland evergreen forest. It is immediately distinguished by the relatively long bill, very short tail, largely brown upperparts with separate white and buff wingbars, pale rump-band, largely pale underparts with black markings, and its pale legs. It seems to almost ‘teeter’ and ‘totter’ across the forest floor, more like a pipit than an antbird. The Banded Antbird is most easily detected by its loudsong, which consists of a long series of drawn-out, slightly plaintive-sounding whistles, which gradually become more intense. The Banded Antbird is widespread but generally uncommon over much of southern and western Amazonia.