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Miscellaneous antshrikes

Fasciated Antshrike - Cymbilaimus lineatus
Fasciated Antshrike
Cymbilaimus lineatus fasciatus
La Selva OTS, Heredia province, Costa Rica.
Male. (S8)


Fasciated Antshrike - Cymbilaimus lineatus
Fasciated Antshrike
Cymbilaimus lineatus fasciatus
La Selva OTS, Heredia province, Costa Rica.
Female. (S8)

Spot-backed Antshrike - Hypoedaleus guttatus
Spot-backed Antshrike
Hypoedaleus guttatus
Serra do Ouricana (Boa Nova), Bahia State, Brazil.
Male in full song. Birds lacking any tawny on the underparts from the northern part of the species'  range (such as this one) were formerly separated as subspecies leucogaster. HBW did not recognize this taxon due to the broad zone of intergradation. (D3)


Giant Antshrike - Batara cinerea
Giant Antshrike
Batara cinerea cinerea
Intervales State Park, São Paulo state, Brazil.
Male. The largest and most spectacular of all the antbirds, it can measure up to 35 cm (14"). Despite this, it can be a very hard bird to see well, especially the females. It seems to have a strong association with bamboo. (S6)


Large-tailed Antshrike - Mackenziaena leachii
Large-tailed Antshrike
Mackenziaena leachii
Intervales State Park, São Paulo state, Brazil.
Male. The second largest antbird behind Giant, and nearly as spectacular. It is endemic to SE Brazil and adjacent border areas of Argentina and Paraguay. It inhabits stunted forest and scrubby forest edge. (S6)


Large-tailed Antshrike - Mackenziaena leachii
Large-tailed Antshrike
Mackenziaena leachii
Algulhas Negras road, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
Male. (S6)


Tufted Antshrike - Mackenziaena severa
Tufted Antshrike
Mackenziaena severa
Intervales State Park, São Paulo state, Brazil.
Female. Another gorgeous antshrike of the Atlantic Rainforest region. The female is much more ornate than the male, which is pure charcoal gray. (S6)


Great Antshrike - Taraba major
Great Antshrike
Taraba major transandeanus
Reserva Ecologica Manglares-Churute, Guayas province, Ecuador.
Male. A common and widespread bird from southern Mexico to northern Argentina. (S8)


Great Antshrike - Taraba major
Great Antshrike
Taraba major major
Pousada Piuval, Pantanal, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Male. (S6)


Great Antshrike - Taraba major
Great Antshrike
Taraba major major
Fazenda Santa Tereza, Pantanal, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Female. (S5)


Silvery-cheeked Antshrike - Sakesphorus cristatus
Silvery-cheeked Antshrike
Sakesphorus cristatus
Palmeiras, Bahia state, Brazil.
Male. A Northeast Brazil endemic, found in deciduous forest and caatinga woodland. (S6)


Silvery-cheeked Antshrike - Sakesphorus cristatus
Silvery-cheeked Antshrike
Sakesphorus cristatus
Palmeiras, Bahia state, Brazil.
Female. (S6)


Glossy Antshrike - Sakesphorus luctuosus
Glossy Antshrike
Sakesphorus luctuosus luctuosus
Near Careiro da Varzea, Amazonas state, Brazil.
Male. Endemic to Brazil even though it has a large range. The female is fantastic with a rufous crest, but I couldn't manage to get a shot of her. (D3)


White-bearded Antshrike - Biatas nigropectus
White-bearded Antshrike
Biatas nigropectus
Itatiaia NP, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
Male. A unique monotypic genus endemic to the Atlantic Rainforest, confined to bamboo patches. It was once thought to be quite rare, but now that the vocalizations are better known, it can be seen on most bird tours to the Southeast Brazil area. (S6)


Russet Antshrike - Thamnistes anabatinus
Russet Antshrike
Thamnistes anabatinus intermedius
Buenaventura, El Oro province, Ecuador.
This unique antshrike is found from Mexico to Bolivia. Unlike almost all other antshrikes, there is little sexual dimorphism. It is almost always encountered following mixed species flocks. (S8)


Dusky-throated Antshrike - Thamnomanes ardesiacus
Dusky-throated Antshrike
Thamnomanes ardesiacus ardesiacus
Yasuní Research Station, Orellana province, Ecuador.
Male. Like many individuals, this bird shows very little dusky on the throat, making it appear almost identical to the sympatric (in Ecuador) Cinereous Antshrike T. caesius. However, this bird was singing, so there was no doubt about the ID. (S6)


Cinereous Antshrike - Thamnomanes caesius
Cinereous Antshrike
Thamnomanes caesius glaucus
Güeppí-Sekime National Park, Loreto region, Peru.
Male. A widespread species in tropical lowland rainforest east of the Andes. In many areas it is in nearly every understory flock. (S8)


Cinereous Antshrike - Thamnomanes caesius
Cinereous Antshrike
Thamnomanes caesius glaucus
Güeppí-Sekime National Park, Loreto region, Peru.
Female. (S8)


Spiny-faced Antshrike - Xenornis setifrons
Spiny-faced Antshrike
Xenornis setifrons
Nusagandi, Comarca de Guna Yala, Panama.
Male. Living up to its scientific name, this is indeed a strange bird, and the only member of its genus. It's a rare and local inhabitant of wet ravines inside foothill rainforest in eastern Panama and northwestern Colombia. It was the only genus of antbird that I had not yet seen, and definitely one of the most difficult birds I've ever managed to photograph. I had to scramble down a very steep slope following the distant song, and once I found it, it was so dark it was hard to focus on. The shot is is not tack sharp, but still possibly the best photograph that currently exists of the species. (S8)


Spot-winged Antshrike - Pygiptila stellaris
Spot-winged Antshrike
Pygiptila stellaris occipitalis
Mitú, Vaupés department, Colombia.
Male. An odd, monotypic genus common through much of the Amazon and Guianan rainforests. It's normally in the subcanopy, but this bird came down almost into the understory. (S6)



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