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Hypoedaleus guttatus

Spot-backed Antshrike

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae
  • Monotypic


Hypoedaleus guttatus

Parque Estadual da Serra da Cantareira, São Paulo, Brasil; 13 June 2010 © Dario Sanches

The Spot-backed Antshrike is a distinctive, strongly patterned antshrike of forest in southeastern Brazil, eastern Paraguay, and extreme northeastern Argentina (Missiones). It is black above with heavy white barring and spotting, and white below with a variable amount of buffy-orange on the flanks and undertail coverts. Like many species in its family, it is best detected by call, in this case a long, whistled trill. Spot-backed Antshrikes forage on arthropods in dense vegetation and vines in the canopy, often in pairs.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Spot-backed Antshrike (Hypoedaleus guttatus), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Tropical lowland evergreen forest
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  • IUCN Status:Least Concern