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Cymbilaimus lineatus

Fasciated Antshrike

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae

Authors: Johnson, Erik

Cymbilaimus lineatus

Panama Rainforest Discovery Center, Gamboa, Panama Province, Panama; 1 July 2011 © David Wendelken

The Fasciated Antshrike is found widely, from southeast Honduras to northwest Venezuela and south through Colombia to northwest Ecuador, as well as across virtually all of Amazonia and the Guiana Shield. It is a large-bodied, generally sluggish, sexually dimorphic antshrike; males have a black crown and otherwise wholly black and white-barred plumage, with red eyes, while females possess a russet crown, while the remainder of the plumage is barred dark brown and yellowish brown, and again the rides are red. The bill is heavy with a relatively strongly hooked tip. The Fasciated Antshrike forages, mostly for large insects, in the midstory of tropical lowland forest, principally below 800 m but less regularly up to 1600 m, and although singles or pairs may be found alone, the species is also frequently observed within mixed-species flocks.

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Recommended Citation

Johnson, Erik. 2011. Fasciated Antshrike (Cymbilaimus lineatus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website, for the distribution in Central America and/or Caribbean, and on a map provided by Robert S. Ridgely, for the South American distribution.

The data for the InforNatura maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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