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Thamnophilus praecox

Cocha Antshrike

  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Family: Thamnophilidae

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Thamnophilus praecox

Sani Lodge, Sucumbíos, Ecuador; 25 August 2013 © Dušan Brinkhuizen

 The Cocha Antshrike is a very intriguing species in the genus Thamnophilus that, until relatively recently, was known form a single female specimen from northeastern Ecuador. Then, in the late 1980s, the species was “re-discovered” and the male, which had been un-described to science, was found for the first time. It is now considered uncommon and local along slow-moving streams, and in flooded forest in extreme northeastern Ecuador. It is found in isolated pairs, and is often seen foraging low over water on exposed roots. Males are entirely black, with almost black facial skin around the eye. Females are entirely chestnut brown, with a black hood and breast. Males and females most similar in plumage to the White-shouldered Antbird (Myrmeciza melanoceps). Males differ by lacking the “white” shoulders and blue facial skin of White-shouldered Antbird, while female Cocha Antshrike also lack the blue facial skin. Although very similarly plumaged, the two species have radically different vocalizations. The primary song of Cocha Antshrike is a rapid series of 10-15 hollow notes, “oow-oow-oow-oow-oow-oow-oow-oow…,” compared to the mellow titmouse-like “peter-peter-peter” of White-shouldered Antbird. Also, as in other species of Thamnophilus antshrikes, males sit upright and “pump” their tails while calling. Not yet found in adjacent Peru.

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Recommended Citation

. 2010. Cocha Antshrike (Thamnophilus praecox), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=369826

This map provided by Robert S. Ridgely.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Flooded tropical evergreen forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory
  • Foraging Behavior:---
  • Diet:Terrestrial invertebrates
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:Monogamy
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  • Clutch: -
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