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Thamnophilus antshrikes


Barred Antshrike - Thamnophilus doliatus
Barred Antshrike
Thamnophilus doliatus radiatus
Santa Teresa, Pixaim, Pantanal, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Male. Possibly the most widespread member of the family, occurring from NE Mexico to N Argentina. (S6)


Barred Antshrike - Thamnophilus doliatus
Barred Antshrike
Thamnophilus doliatus capistratus
Palmeiras, Bahia state, Brazil.
This subspcies is endemic to the caatinga of northeastern Brazil. The red iris is the most notable difference. It has been suggested by some ornithologists that it should be split off as Caatinga Antshrike, but I don't think this is warranted due to similarities in voice. (S6)


Rufous-capped Antshrike - Thamnophilus ruficapillus
Rufous-capped Antshrike
Thamnophilus ruficapillus cochabambae
Potreros de Yala Provincial Park, Jujuy, Argentina.
Male. (S5)


Rufous-capped Antshrike - Thamnophilus ruficapillus
Rufous-capped Antshrike
Thamnophilus ruficapillus ruficapillus
Pico da Caledônia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Male. (S6)


Rufous-winged Antshrike - Thamnophilus torquatus
Rufous-winged Antshrike
Thamnophilus torquatus
Chapada Diamantina, Bahia state, Brazil.
Male. You'll notice that the antshrikes are well-represented in this gallery; they are more likely to sit still in the open than other members of the family. (S6)


Chapman's Antshrike - Thamnophilus zarumae
Chapman's Antshrike
Thamnophilus zarumae palamblae
Limón de Porculla, Lambayeque department, Peru.
Female. This species is endemic to the highlands of NW Peru and SW Ecuador. (S6)


Bar-crested Antshrike - Thamnophilus multistriatus
Bar-crested Antshrike
Thamnophilus multistriatus multistriatus
Near San Vicente de Chucurí, Santander department, Colombia.
Male. This bird is nearly endemic to Colombia, barely getting over the border in the Sierra de Perijá in western Venezuela. It is rather common in disturbed habitats at middle elevations. (D3)


Lined Antshrike - Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus
Lined Antshrike
Thamnophilus tenuepunctatus tenuifasciatus
Cotundo, Napo province, Ecuador.
Male. Common in forest edge and clearings along the east slope of the andes from Colombia to northern Peru. Farther south it is replaced by the next species; they were formerly considered conspecific, and based on their virtually identical voices, that may be a more valid treatment. (S6)


Chestnut-backed Antshrike - Thamnophilus palliatus
Chestnut-backed Antshrike
Thamnophilus palliatus vestitus
Balbina Forest, Bandeira, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
Male. This is the Atlantic Forest subspecies, which is darker overall than other races. (D3)


Chestnut-backed Antshrike - Thamnophilus palliatus
Chestnut-backed Antshrike
Thamnophilus palliatus vestitus
Balbina Forest, Bandeira, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
Female, with the rufous crest. She is the mate of the bird in the previous photo. (D3)


Collared Antshrike - Thamnophilus bernardi
Collared Antshrike
Thamnophilus bernardi bernardi
Río Ayampe, Manabí province, Ecuador.
Male. This handsome bird is restricted to drier areas of SW Ecuador and NW Peru.  It was paired up with the bird below. (S8)


Collared Antshrike - Thamnophilus bernardi
Collared Antshrike
Thamnophilus bernardi bernardi
Río Ayampe, Manabí province, Ecuador.
Female. (S8)


Western Slaty-Antshrike - Thamnophilus atrinucha
Black-crowned (Western Slaty) Antshrike
Thamnophilus atrinucha atrinucha
Tranquilo Bay Lodge, Bocas del Toro province, Panama.
Male. (S8)


Western Slaty-Antshrike - Thamnophilus atrinucha
Black-crowned (Western Slaty) Antshrike
Thamnophilus atrinucha atrinucha
Pipeline road, Soberania National Park, Colón province, Panama.
Female. (S8)


Mouse-colored Antshrike - Thamnophilus murinus
Mouse-colored Antshrike
Thamnophilus murinus canipennis
Shiripuno Lodge, Orellana province, Ecuador.
Male. The faint white edging on the wing coverts and the white central underparts separate it from Plain-winged Antshrike (T. schistaceus). (S4)


Black Antshrike - Thamnophilus nigriceps
Black Antshrike
Thamnophilus nigriceps
Tortí, Panama province, Panama.
Male. Restricted to forests of eastern Panama and northern Colombia. (S8)


Black Antshrike - Thamnophilus nigriceps
Black Antshrike
Thamnophilus nigriceps
Tortí, Panama province, Panama.
Female. (S8)


Cocha Antshrike - Thamnophilus praecox
Cocha Antshrike
Thamnophilus praecox
Sani Lodge, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador.
Female. This species is an extremely local Ecuadorian endemic, though it seems certain to eventually be found in Peru as well. It was originally described in 1937 based on one female specimen, and the male was unknown until the species was rediscovered in 1990. Sani Lodge is certainly one of the most reliable places to see it. The male (below) is all black. (S8)


Cocha Antshrike - Thamnophilus praecox
Cocha Antshrike
Thamnophilus praecox
Sani Lodge, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador.
Male. (S8)


Castelnau's Antshrike - Thamnophilus cryptoleucus
Castelnau's Antshrike
Thamnophilus cryptoleucus
River island in the Rio Aguarico on the Ecuador(Sucumbíos)-Peru(Loreto) border.
Male. A river island specialist; it is extremely rare to see it away from one. (S8)


Blackish-gray Antshrike - Thamnophilus nigrocinereus
Blackish-gray Antshrike
Thamnophilus nigrocinereus cinereoniger
Anavilhanas Archipelago, Amazononas state, Brazil.
Male. He's pretty uninspiring, but does have a nice song. (D3)


Natterer's Slaty-Antshrike - Thamnophilus stictocephalus
Natterer's Slaty-Antshrike
Thamnophilus stictocephalus
Cristalino Jungle Lodge, Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
Male. One of the several species split off what was once just Slaty Antshrike. This bird was on the "Serra" at Cristalino Jungle Lodge, a rocky hilltop with sandy soil and stunted forest, a preferred habitat for this species. (S6)


Planalto Slaty-Antshrike - Thamnophilus pelzelni
Planalto Slaty-Antshrike
Thamnophilus pelzelni
Chapada dos Guimarães, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
Male. (S11)


Variable Antshrike - Thamnophilus caerulescens
Variable Antshrike
Thamnophilus caerulescens caerulescens
Southwest of Sumidouro, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil.
Male. The nominate race, found in the Atlantic Forest region. (S10)


Variable Antshrike - Thamnophilus caerulescens
Variable Antshrike
Thamnophilus caerulescens caerulescens
Santuario de Caraça, Minas Gerais state, Brazil.
Female. The nominate race, found in the Atlantic Forest region. (S5)


Variable Antshrike - Thamnophilus caerulescens
Variable Antshrike
Thamnophilus caerulescens cearensis
Serra de Baturité, Ceará state, Brazil.
Male, of the race endemic to northeastern Brazil, showing virtually no black on the crown. (D3)


Uniform Antshrike - Thamnophilus unicolor
Uniform Antshrike
Thamnophilus unicolor unicolor
Buenaventura reserve, El Oro province, Ecuador.
Male. The only antshrike restricted to Andean cloudforests. (S5)


Uniform Antshrike - Thamnophilus unicolor
Uniform Antshrike
Thamnophilus unicolor unicolor
Chical, Carchi province, Ecuador.
Female. (S7)


White-shouldered Antshrike - Thamnophilus aethiops
White-shouldered Antshrike
Thamnophilus aethiops aethiops
Bellandia Lodge, Pastaza, Ecuador.
Male. (S8)


White-shouldered Antshrike - Thamnophilus aethiops
White-shouldered Antshrike
Thamnophilus aethiops aethiops
Bellandia Lodge, Pastaza, Ecuador.
Female. (S8)


Black-backed Antshrike - Thamnophilus melanonotus
Black-backed Antshrike
Thamnophilus melanonotus
Minca, Magdalena, Colombia.
Male. This species is very local in dry forest near the Caribbean coast in NE Colombia and NW Venezuela. This bird briefly looked down at me and slowly flapped his wings for a couple of seconds - I think it may have been an aggressive display, as I had been using some playback. (S13)


Amazonian Antshrike - Thamnophilus amazonicus
Amazonian Antshrike
Thamnophilus amazonicus cinereiceps
Near Garzacocha, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador.
Male. A widespread species over much of the Amazon basin, but it only barely reaches Ecuador in a small area near the Peruvian border. This bird was photographed about 1.4km from Peru. (S8)


Amazonian Antshrike - Thamnophilus amazonicus
Amazonian Antshrike
Thamnophilus amazonicus cinereiceps
Near Garzacocha, Sucumbíos province, Ecuador.
Female, apparently the mate of the bird in the previous photo. (S8)


Streak-backed Antshrike - Thamnophilus insignis
Streak-backed Antshrike
Thamnophilus insignis insignis
La Escalera (Sierra de Lema), Bolívar state, Venezuela
Male. Endemic to the tepui region. (D3)


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